A History of England in 100 Places : From Stonehenge to the Gherkin Paperback
From battlefield to sacred building, from castle to cottage, from the Bridgwater Canal to Blackpool Pier, acclaimed historian John Julius Norwich tells the political, cultural, social, religious and economic story of England through one hundred key places you can still visit today.
Part narrative history, part exploration of our national heritage, his wide-ranging selection of sites will stimulate, entertain, inform - and certainly provoke - a debate about the most significant moments in English history.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 560 pages, Illustrations (chiefly col.), maps, ports. (chiefly col.)
- Publisher: John Murray General Publishing Division
- Publication Date: 10/05/2012
- Category: British & Irish history
- ISBN: 9781848546097
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Review by fist
Apparently loose vignettes provide a delightful sweep of English history. Norwich is getting on a bit, and isn't writing any large-scope histories anymore (like his works on Byzantium or Venice). But these 100 places end up giving a full history of England, whereby the geographical location of each chapter is only a starting point for broader considerations, occasional humour and moral admonishments from a well-read, kind and super-intelligent uncle.