Great Britain -- history

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."

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