By Graham Stewart

ISBN-10: 0857400223

ISBN-13: 9780857400222

It is a compellingly unique illustrated chronicle of 2 thousand years of British background, stated through the tales of 1 hundred landmark files that modified the face of england. In "Britannia", Graham Stewart strains thousand years of an island's tale - from Roman province to twenty-first century eu countryside - via 100 old records. From the eighth-century Lindisfarne Gospels to the nice testomony of Norman paperwork, the Domesday booklet, and from the designs for the Union Jack in 1606 to Neville Chamberlain's 1938 Munich contract with Hitler, the files chosen embody quite a lot of nationwide endeavours: politics and faith, war and international relations, economics and the legislations, technological know-how and invention, literature and journalism, in addition to activity and renowned song. hence the 1st variation of "The instances" rubs shoulders with the principles of the newly shaped Marylebone Cricket membership; the designs for Stephenson's "Rocket with the Catholic Emancipation Act"; Lord Kitchener's iconic First international warfare recruitment poster with Clause 4 of the Labour Party's structure; and, the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper" album disguise with Britain's accession treaty to the eu fiscal group. those are records that not just outlined their very own eras, yet which proceed to resonate this present day: Magna Carta and the invoice of Rights grew to become very important criminal curtailments of arbitrary royal strength; medieval election writs and nineteenth-century reform acts formed the production of parliamentary democracy; the nice translations of the Bible, the performs of Shakespeare and Dr Samuel Johnson's Dictionary have left indelible marks at the English language; whereas the impact of Adam Smith's Wealth of countries maintains to lead how we do enterprise. Stylishly written and generously illustrated (including a number of reproductions of the files themselves, twenty-four of them in complete colour), "Britannia" belongs at the bookshelf of an individual who's curious to benefit extra concerning the historical roots of our tradition, society, language, non secular traditions and political associations.

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The City of London, London Metropolitan Archives. Sgt. Pepper album cover. © Apple Corps Ltd. The Dodi and Diana condolence book at Harrods. Courtesy of Harrods. INTRODUCTION In the summer of 1647, Britain was slipping towards anarchy. Five years of civil war had left the Royalist forces broken and scattered. Although King Charles I was held captive, his enemies remained hesitant and unsure. Parliament was in disarray, its politicians reduced to making self-serving gestures having long since lost control of the revolution they had helped set in motion.

P. 166 Earl of Clarendon. Topfoto. p. 174 Declaration of Rights. Topfoto. p. 183 Bank of England. Getty Images. p. 196 Words and music to ‘God Save the King’. The Bodleian Library, University of Oxford. A7. 552. p. 199 Samuel Johnson. The Granger Collection/Topfoto. p. 206 Plan for Edinburgh’s New Town. © National Library of Scotland. p. 210 Arkwright’s water frame patent. © Science Museum/Science & Society. p. 217 Adam Smith. HIP/Topfoto. pp. 222–23 First edition of The Times. © NI Syndication.

Sgt. Pepper album cover. © Apple Corps Ltd. The Dodi and Diana condolence book at Harrods. Courtesy of Harrods. INTRODUCTION In the summer of 1647, Britain was slipping towards anarchy. Five years of civil war had left the Royalist forces broken and scattered. Although King Charles I was held captive, his enemies remained hesitant and unsure. Parliament was in disarray, its politicians reduced to making self-serving gestures having long since lost control of the revolution they had helped set in motion.

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