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Foundation: The History of England from Its Earliest Beginnings to the Tudors

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Publisher Comments:

“An extraordinary book . . . Peter Ackroyd is arguably the most talented and prolific writer working in Britain today.” —Daily Express (UK)

In Foundation, acclaimed historian Peter Ackroyd tells the epic story of England itself. He takes us from the primeval forests of Englands prehistory to the death, in 1509, of the first Tudor king, Henry VII. He guides us from the building of Stonehenge to the founding of the two great glories of medieval England: common law and the cathedrals. He describes the successive waves of invaders who made England English, despite being themselves Roman, Viking, Saxon, or Norman French.

            With his extraordinary skill for evoking time and place and his acute eye for the telling detail, Ackroyd recounts the story of warring kings, of civil strife, and foreign wars. But he also gives us a vivid sense of how Englands early people lived: the homes they built, the clothes they wore, the food they ate, even the jokes they told. All are brought to life through the narrative mastery of one of Britains finest writers.

Synopsis:

“An extraordinary book . . . Peter Ackroyd is arguably the most talented and prolific writer working in Britain today.” —Daily Express (UK)

In Foundation, acclaimed historian Peter Ackroyd tells the epic story of England itself. He takes us from the primeval forests of Englands prehistory to the death, in 1509, of the first Tudor king, Henry VII. He guides us from the building of Stonehenge to the founding of the two great glories of medieval England: common law and the cathedrals. He describes the successive waves of invaders who made England English, despite being themselves Roman, Viking, Saxon, or Norman French.

            With his extraordinary skill for evoking time and place and his acute eye for the telling detail, Ackroyd recounts the story of warring kings, of civil strife, and foreign wars. But he also gives us a vivid sense of how Englands early people lived: the homes they built, the clothes they wore, the food they ate, even the jokes they told. All are brought to life through the narrative mastery of one of Britains finest writers.

About the Author

PETER ACKROYD is an award-winning novelist, as well as a broadcaster, biographer, poet, and historian. He is the author of the acclaimed Thames: Sacred River and London: The Biography. He holds a CBE for services to literature and lives in London.

Table of Contents

1. Hymns of stone

2. The Roman way

3. Climate change

4. Spear points

5. The blood eagle

6. The measure of the king

7. The coming of the conquerors
8. The house
9. Devils and wicked men
10. The road
11. The law is lost
12. The names
13. The turbulent priest
14. The lost village
15. The great charter
16. Crime and punishment
17. A simple king
18. The seasonal year

19. The emperor of Britain

20. The hammer
21. The favourites of a king
22. Birth and death
23. The sense of a nation
24. The night schools
25. The commotion
26. Into the woods
27. The suffering king
28. Old habits
29. The warrior
30. How others saw us
31. A simple man
32. Meet the family
33. The divided realm
34. The world at play
35. The lion and the lamb
36. The staple of life
37. The king of spring
38. Come to town
39. The zealot king
40. The king of suspicions
41. A conclusion
 
Further reading
Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781250037558
Author:
Ackroyd, Peter
Publisher:
Griffin
Author:
Ackroyd, Peter
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
Medieval
Subject:
Social history
Subject:
World History-England General
Subject:
Mediev
Subject:
AL
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
The History of England
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
20130931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Plus three 6-page color photograph inser
Pages:
496
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb

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“An extraordinary book . . . Peter Ackroyd is arguably the most talented and prolific writer working in Britain today.” —Daily Express (UK)

In Foundation, acclaimed historian Peter Ackroyd tells the epic story of England itself. He takes us from the primeval forests of Englands prehistory to the death, in 1509, of the first Tudor king, Henry VII. He guides us from the building of Stonehenge to the founding of the two great glories of medieval England: common law and the cathedrals. He describes the successive waves of invaders who made England English, despite being themselves Roman, Viking, Saxon, or Norman French.

            With his extraordinary skill for evoking time and place and his acute eye for the telling detail, Ackroyd recounts the story of warring kings, of civil strife, and foreign wars. But he also gives us a vivid sense of how Englands early people lived: the homes they built, the clothes they wore, the food they ate, even the jokes they told. All are brought to life through the narrative mastery of one of Britains finest writers.

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