newgen books for YA readers twitter
Search our site
Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber Read the opening extract of the brand new Kathleen Barber book before its publication on 27/12/2017

Britannia by Graham Stewart
  

Britannia

History   Biography / Autobiography   eBook Favourites   eBook Favourites   
Download an extract Discuss on Facebook Discuss this book on our Biography/Autobiography Facebook group Share this book

Sue Baker's view...

Graham Stewart takes us from the Lindisfarne Gospel to the Life in the United Kingdom Question Paper of 2005, a range of historical documents that, as Stewart asks, how many have seen them or even know what they say? How many of us can quantify the Magna Carta and who can say why The Somerset Judgement of 1772 was so important? (Slavery in England is made illegal). Well, here you can see these historic records, reproduced, explained and discussed. Well illustrated, the documents in facsimile reproduction with full or partial translations in modern English, a thoroughly original way to view British history.

Like for Like Reading

The Gentry: Stories of the English, Adam Nicolson

1215: The Year of the Magna Carta, Danny Danziger and John Gillingham

Who is Sue Baker

Synopsis

Britannia by Graham Stewart

In Britannia Graham Stewart traces two thousand years of an island's story - from Roman province to twenty-first century European nation-state - through one hundred historic documents. From the eighth-century Lindisfarne Gospels to the great testament of Norman bureaucracy, the Domesday Book, and from the designs for the Union Jack in 1606 to Neville Chamberlain's 1938 Munich agreement with Hitler, the documents selected embrace a wide range of national endeavours: politics and religion, warfare and diplomacy, economics and the law, science and invention, literature and journalism, as well as sport and popular music. The first edition of The Times rubs shoulders with the rules of the newly formed Marylebone Cricket Club; the designs for Stephenson's Rocket with the Catholic Emancipation Act; Lord Kitchener's iconic First World War recruitment poster with Clause Four of the Labour Party's constitution; and the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper album cover with Britain's accession treaty to the European Economic Community. These are documents that not only defined their own eras, but which continue to resonate today.

About the Author

Graham Stewart

Graham Stewart was born in 1969 and educated at St Andrews and Cambridge universities. His first book, Burying Caesar: Churchill, Chamberlain and the Battle for the Tory Party was published to international acclaim in 1999. Joining The Times as a leader writer in 2000, he wrote the latest volume of the newspaper's history, The Murdoch Years, in 2005. His other books are Friendship and Betrayal: Ambition and the Limits of Loyalty, and His Finest Hours: Winston Churchill's War Speeches. He currently writes The Times' weekly 'Past Notes' column, and is writing a history of Britain in the 1980s.

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading similar books...
Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

1st September 2012

Author

Graham Stewart

More books by Graham Stewart
Author 'Like for Like'
    recommendations

Author's Website

www.graham-stewart.org/biog...

Author's Facebook Latest

Loading facebook updates...

Publisher

Atlantic Books

Format

Hardback
448 pages

Categories

History
Biography / Autobiography
eBook Favourites
eBook Favourites


ISBN

9781848876583

Books of the month/debuts of the month, kids/adults, fiction/non-fiction, free prize draws and free extracts, what's not to love?

Emma Smith

Love Reading - it not only does what it says on the tin, it does it with Jam on!!

Maz Tucker

It's a lively, independent website with reviews, recommendations and more - with a huge range of books available to buy in all formats.

Alison Layland

If you LOVE reading then you will love LOVEREADING! It's a 'novel' idea. Seriously though I could not recommend them enough.

Rebecca Whymark

For me, to read is to learn, to reflect, to escape, to think, to contemplate and my time for space and calm.

Sally Ellsmore

I love the 'like for like' author recommendations, it's like an old friend whispering in your ear.

Emma Caddick

I love the honest opinions, recommendations for every genre and every reader, wish lists and Like for Like.

Amrita Dasgupta

Lovereading is a world of books. It has everything you need from new to old and much loved classic books. It even give you recommendations!

Kate Thurston

Lovereading4kids

Lovereading4schools