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Yorkshire: A lyrical history of England's greatest county

Richard Morris

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Yorkshire, European history, British & Irish history, History of other lands, Historical geography, Archaeology, Landscape archaeology

A lyrical history of England's greatest county.

Yorkshire is 'a continent unto itself', a region where mountain, plain, coast, downs, fen and heath lie close. By weaving history, family stories, travelogue and ecology, Richard Morris reveals how Yorkshire took shape as a landscape and in literature, legend and popular regard. The result is a fascinating and wide-ranging meditation on Yorkshire and Yorkshireness, told through the prism of the region's most extraordinary people and places.

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Praise for Yorkshire: A lyrical history of England's greatest county

  • Reading the book is like watching the author sift through layers of time ... There is a wealth of fascinating information - Guardian

  • [A] quirky, personal history of the Ridings ... Morris writes insightfully not just about one county, but about how places become what they are - Mail on Sunday

  • In this meticulously researched book, Richard Morris reveals Yorkshire and Yorkshireness through a series of extraordinary journeys and stories ... [His] description of the River Swale as glittering and energetic could be a metaphor for his own writing, which is itself relentlessly energetic ... Fascinating - Country Life

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Richard Morris

Richard Morris (b. 1947) is an archaeologist and historian. He grew up in north Worcestershire and began his career working on excavations under York Minster. Among the themes in his writing are buildings and belief (Churches in the Landscape (1998); Evensong (2021)), place, identity and cultural memory (Time's Anvil (2013); Yorkshire (2018)), and aviation and its people. Dam Buster joins two earlier biographies - Guy Gibson (1994) and Cheshire: the Biography of Leonard Cheshire VC (2000) - which connect in the world of flight and the deeds of No. 617 Squadron RAF.

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