England -- history

Young Woman and the Sea: How Trudy Ederle Conquered the English Channel and Inspired the World

By Glenn Stout

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In 1926, a plucky American teenager named Trudy Ederle captured the imagination of the world when she became the first woman to swim the English Channel. Stout offers the dramatic and inspiring story of Ederle's pursuit of a goal no one believed possible, and the price she paid.

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London Walks -- London Stories

By David Tucker & the Guides

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"Written by the expert guides of London Walks, London's oldest, most acclaimed walking tour company, London Stories collects local insight and knowledge that can only be gained through years of tour-leading experience. These theme-based walks offer something for everyone, whether a history buff, a fan of the paranormal, or those looking for fun off the beaten path. The walks include Sinister London, focusing on haunted London and Jack the Ripper; Literary London, from Shakespeare to Dickens; Public Houses, showcasing the old pubs of Soho; and a Mystery and Secrets walk exploring the city's hidden past. Perfect for tourists who want to experience London life beyond Trafalgar Square as well as for Londoners eager to step off the Circle Line and discover the secrets on their own doorstep, this guide offers a fascinating glimpse into the capital's rich history."
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The Time Traveler's Guide to Medieval England

By Ian Mortimer

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"A time machine has just transported you back to the fourteenth century. What do you see? How do you dress? Where will you stay? How do you earn a living and how much are you paid? What sort of food will you be offered by a peasant or a monk or a lord? This is not your typical look at a historical period. This radical new approach shows us that the past is not just something to be studied; it is also something to be lived. All facets of the everyday lives of serf, merchant, and aristocrat in this fascinating period are revealed, from the horrors of the plague and war to the ridiculous excesses of roasted larks and medieval haute couture."

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The Road to Canterbury: A Modern Pilgrimage

By Shirley Du Boulay

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This work is a personal account of Shirley du Boulay's journey along the Pilgrim's Way, which runs from Winchester to Canterbury. She walked the 120 miles in ten days, and a chapter is devoted to each of the days. A further four chapters introduce the theme of pilgrimage, the route itself, the object of this particular route (the shrine of Thomas Becket) and its history, and the preparation. Shirley draws many parallels between inner and outer journeys, and contrasts the modern "home counties" with the countryside of the Middle Ages.
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Oxford: A Cultural and Literary Companion

By David Horan

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Following in the footsteps of historic figures and writers, Horan reveals the many dimensions, social and cultural, of a city where tradition and modernity interconnect. From the quadrangles and chapels of the university center to the multicultural bustle of the Cowley Road, he explores both the historic and contemporary faces of Oxford. Maps and illustrations.

Part of the Cities of the Imagination series.

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Kings and Queens of England: Murder, Mayhem and Scandal

By Brenda Ralph Lewis

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Arranged chronologically by dynasty, this lively reference details the most notorious events throughout British royal history, with hundreds of fascinating tales of murder, mayhem, and scandal.
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Great Tales from English History: The Truth about King Arthur, Lady Godiva, Richard the Lionheart and more

By Robert Lacey

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"From ancient times to the present day, the story of England has been laced with drama, intrigue, courage, and passion-a rich and vibrant narrative of heroes and villains, kings and rebels, artists and highwaymen, bishops and scientists. Now, in Great Tales from English History, Robert Lacey captures some of the most pivotal moments: the stories and extraordinary characters that helped shape a nation. This first volume begins in 7150 BC with the intriguing life and death of Cheddar Man and ends in 1381 with Wat Tyler and the Peasants' Revolt. We meet the Greek navigator Pytheas, whose description of the woad-painted Celts yielded pretannik ('the land of the painted people'), which became the Latin word Britannia. We learn what the storytellers really meant when they described Lady Godiva's 'nakedness.'And we discover the truth behind the tales of King Arthur and the infamous Hobbehod, later to be known as 'Robin Hood.'"

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Portrait of Britain

By Michael Leapman

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"From the vibrant streets of London to the magnificent medieval castles of Wales, and on to the haunting glens of the Scottish Highlands, embark on an unforgettable grand tour of Britain at the dawn of the new millennium. By the creators of the highly successful Eyewitness Travel Guides. Portrait of Britain takes you on a provocative visual journey from bustling cities to windswept mountain ranges, focusing on every aspect of British heritage. It is both a practical travel companion and a superb pictorial souvenir. Britain in color. Portrait of Britain is packed with over 2,000 specially commissioned photographs, many of them reproduced as full--page images, presenting an unforgettable picture of England, Scotland, and Wales on the eve of the 21st century. In--depth features examine Britain's varied landscapes region by region, and highlight British history and culture, including the clans and tartans of Scotland, the role of the aristocracy, and the Industrial Revolution. Information at a glance.

"This beautifully presented book offers comprehensive information on places of interest throughout Britain, including historic towns, cities, cathedrals, castles, palaces, stately homes, museums, and galleries. It uses dramatic cutaway artwork and aerial drawings to give fascinating 3--D impressions of famous buildings and bird's--eye views of street plans in large--format detail. A visual celebration. From sleepy Cotswold villages to the nightlife of London's West End, from the wilds of the Yorkshire moors to the elegance of Georgian Bath, Portrait of Britain is an invaluable introduction to Britain's countryside and wildlife, architecture and art, customs and culture. Unparalleled in its portrayal of the diversity of sights to be found throughout the country, it contains thousands of ideas for places to visit. And for those who prefer to journey from Land's End to John O'Groats without leaving home, it also serves as a visual celebration of all that Britain has to offer."

An Eyewitness Travel Guide.

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Domesday: A Search For the Roots of England

By Michael Wood

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In 1086 the Domesday Book, perhaps the most remarkable historical document in existence, was compiled. This tremendous survey of England and its people was made at the behest of the Norman, William the Conqueror. Michael Wood's Domesday: A Search for the Roots of England is a study of the ancient manuscript and an attempt to analyse the world that the Domesday Book portrayed. He uses the Domesday record to examine Norman society, and also to penetrate beyond it to the Anglo-Saxon, Roman and Iron Age cultures that preceded it. Michael Wood is also author of In Search of the Dark Ages and In Search of the Trojan War.

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