Combining ground-breaking scholarship with fascinating narratives, Matthew Johnson's book takes a look at Medieval English castles. It creates a new and exciting focus on how castles were shaped by their inhabitants and vice versa.
Irish scholars who arrived in Continental Europe in the early Middle Ages are often credited with making some of the most important contributions to European culture and learning of the time, from the introduction of a new calendar to monastic reform.
This groundbreaking study questions many of the assumptions surrounding the idea of 'ancient woodland', a term widely used in England for long-established semi-natural woods, shaped by centuries of traditional management.
There have always been multiple, and competing, ideas about the meaning of citizenship and the identity of the citizen. This volume exploits the rich archival sources of five major towns in medieval England - Bristol, Coventry, London, Norwich, and York - and the concept of citizenship to present a new picture of town government and urban politics.
"Whisks you down the rabbit hole and into the warren of backstreets, landmarks, cemeteries, palaces, museums and secret gardens of the great metropolis. Meet the cockneys, scientists, fairies, philosophers, jesters and royalty that populate the city ... Spanning above and below ground, from the outer suburbs to the inner city"--Publisher's description.
This book explores the stories behind seventy-five extraordinary maps. Drawing on the unique collection in the Bodleian Library, these stunning maps range from single cities to the solar system, span the thirteenth to the twenty-first century and cover most of the world.
Detailed examination of Southampton's trade with its extensive region and commercial development in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Seventeen papers investigate Southampton's interaction with Salisbury, London, Winchester, and many other places, long-term trends and short-term fluctuations.
(Edward Stourton)From much-loved historian Neil Oliver, comes this beautifully written, kaleidoscopic history of a place with a story like no other.
The British Isles, this archipelago of islands, is to Neil Oliver the best place in the world.
This book explains the literary history of Scotland in the early modern period (1560-1625) through the investigation of manuscript production, arguing that scottish Renaissance manuscript culture was far more colourful than is generally understood.
Georgian London evokes images of elegant buildings and fine art, but it was also a city where prostitution was rife. Examining the nature of the sex trade, this title offers an insight into the impact of prostitution to give a vivid portraits of some of the women who became involved in its world.
From the Edwardian golden age of steam to the present, the railway has captured the hearts and imaginations of the British people like no other mode of travel. This title presents one hundred years of the British passenger's story, using full-page imagery with commentary.
This book tells the story of a group of islands, their peoples, and their remarkable impact on the rest of the world. Concise and authoritative, it provides a balanced and absorbing narrative of an extraordinary shared past. This new edition brings the story up to the present day, and pays greater attention to social developments.
Aidan Dodson's British Royal Tombs covers all the burials of the kings, queens (and lords protector) of England, Scotland and the United Kingdom, from the occupant of the great Sutton Hoo ship burial, to George VI, last Emperor of India, including of course the long-lost Richard III.
This authoritative account marks a significant shift in the understanding of Britain and its farming peoples, of the British landscape and of farming itself. Concluding with a review of the outcomes of farming, and a chronological model of British agriculture in the first millennium AD.
Jerry White's London in the Eighteenth Century is an unrivalled, panoramic account of the city's dramatic century of rebirth by its leading expert. But the century that followed was a period of vigorous expansion, of scientific and artistic genius, of blossoming reason, civility, elegance and manners.
What sort of a place is England? And who are the English? As the United Kingdom turns away from its European neighbours, and begins to look increasingly disunited at home, it is becoming necessary to ask what England has that is singular and its own.
This comprehensive and widely acclaimed study of British history since 1945 has been fully updated and expanded to include a chapter on the rise of New Labour. This edition contains some further updating.