Category: Britain

The Celts: Prehistory to Present Day

By John Davies

Who have been the Celts, and the place did they arrive from? This new account of a so much fascinating culture--the reputable spouse to a massive overseas television show-delves into their origins, following their hobbies into the normally authorized Celtic lands of Scotland, Wales, eire, Cornwall, the Isle of guy, Brittany, and Galicia. each one attention-grabbing bankruptcy, illustrated with colour pictures and maps, is predicated upon one software within the six-part sequence. From prehistoric Europe to near-obliteration to the sunrise of a brand new self-assertion, a centuries-long tale unfolds: the Celtic heyday with its bards and druids; the defeats by means of the Roman forces; the adoption of Christianity and the certain nature of the Celtic church; and the trendy period of emigration, which unfold Celtic language, artwork, and tune in the course of the world.

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Castle: A History of the Buildings that Shaped Medieval Britain

By Marc Morris

"Castle" is a wide-ranging heritage of a few of the main superb structures in Britain. It explores some of the country's most renowned and best-loved castles, in addition to a few little-known nationwide treasures. the tale starts off within the eleventh century, while castles have been brought to Britain, and leads to the seventeenth century, once they have been mostly deserted. it's, in a few respects, an epic story, pushed by means of characters like William the Conqueror, "Bad" King John and Edward I, who, through development and besieging castles, formed the destiny of the country. while, even though, it's a extra homely tale, in regards to the adventures, struggles and goals of lesser-known contributors, and the way each element in their lives used to be wrapped up within the castles they equipped. As Marc Morris exhibits, there's extra to castles than drawbridges and battlements, portcullises and arrow-loops. Be it ever so grand or ever so humble, a fort is in the beginning a house. it will possibly glance difficult and defensible at the outdoors, yet at the within, a fortress is all approximately luxurious and creature comforts. within genuine castles, we do no inevitably locate cannons and fits of armour, yet we do notice nice halls, large kitchens, inner most chambers and chapels - all rooms which have been as soon as sumptuous and indulgent, and which made those constructions excellent flats for his or her vendors. to appreciate castles - who outfitted them, who lived in them, and why - is to appreciate the forces that formed medieval Britain.

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