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A History of England in 100 Places: From Stonehenge to the Gherkin

John Julius Norwich, John Julius Norwich

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England, Prose: non-fiction, British & Irish history

Our nation's story told through 100 of the most important sites - from Stonehenge to the Gherkin

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.

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Praise for A History of England in 100 Places: From Stonehenge to the Gherkin

  • Lively and engaging... succeeds in conveying the complex texture and endless fascination of English history - David Cannadine, Financial Times

  • Lavishly illustrated, beautifully designed, entertaining and witty - Guardian

  • This beautifully written and sumptuously illustrated book sets out to tell the history of England through its landscape and architecture . . . John Julius Norwich is the perfect guide to these national treasures. He's urbane, amusing and extraordinarily well-informed - Mail on Sunday

  • An intriguing book, with an accessible style and lots of titbits from Emperor Hadrian's unusual beard to Huguenot origins of Brick Lane Mosque in London - The Times Books of the Year

  • A highly readable tome . . . each mini history is told with relish - Woman's Weekly

  • Enthralling . . . Take it on a "staycation' and be astonished afresh over architectural delights - Lady

  • Lively and engaging... succeeds in conveying the complex texture and endless fascination of English history - David Cannadine, Financial Times

  • Lavishly illustrated, beautifully designed, entertaining and witty - Guardian

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John Julius Norwich

After National Service, John Julius Norwich (1929-2018) took a degree in French and Russian at New College, Oxford. In 1952 he joined the Foreign Service serving at the embassies in Belgrade and Beirut and with the British Delegation to the Disarmament Conference at Geneva. His publications include The Normans in Sicily; Mount Athos (with Reresby Sitwell); Sahara; The Architecture of Southern England; Glyndebourne; and A History of Venice. He was also the author of a three-volume history of the Byzantine Empire. He wrote and presented some thirty historical documentaries for television, and was a regular lecturer on Venice and numerous other subjects. Lord Norwich was chairman of the Venice in Peril Fund, Co-chairman of the World Monuments Fund and a former member of the Executive Committee of the National Trust. He was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, the Royal Geographical Society and the Society of Antiquaries, and a Commendatore of the Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana. He was made a CVO in 1993.

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