Foundation : The History of England Volume 1, Paperback Book

Foundation : The History of England Volume 1 Paperback

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Having written enthralling biographies of London and of its great river, the Thames, Peter Ackroyd now turns to England itself.

This first volume of six takes us from the time that England was first settled, more than 15,000 years ago, to the death in 1509 of the first Tudor monarch, Henry VII.

In it, Ackroyd takes us from Neolithic England, which we can only see in the most tantalising glimpses - a stirrup found in a grave, some seeds at the bottom of a bowl - to the long period of Roman rule; from the Dark Ages when England was invaded by a ceaseless tide of Angles, Saxons and Jutes, to the twin glories of medieval England - its great churches and monasteries and its common law.

With his extraordinary skill for evoking time and place, he tells the familiar story of king succeeding king in rich prose, with profound insight and some surprising details.

The food we ate, the clothes we wore, the punishments we endured, even the jokes we told are all found here, too.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 512 pages, Illustrations (chiefly col.), ports. (chiefly col.)
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: British & Irish history
  • ISBN: 9780330544283



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The history of England to the start of the Tudors, written in a very engaging manner, although a bit brief in places. I'm currently listening to a podcast series on the history of England and getting much more out of those on the history between 500 and 1000. This book also appears to rush through the period of the War of the Roses - perhaps it's a complicated period, but I still do not follow it.However, I enjoyed reading it, and the vignettes of information about daily life during these periods are excellent.

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