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An Armchair Traveller's History of Apulia
     

An Armchair Traveller's History of Apulia

by Desmond Seward, Susan Mountgarret
 

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An Armchair Traveller's History of Apulia is the story of the heel of Italy - Puglia - as told by past and present day travellers. It has beautiful landscapes, cave towns and frescoed grotto churches, wonderful old cities with Romanesque cathedrals, Gothic castles and a wealth of Baroque architecture. And yet, while far from inaccessible, until quite recently

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An Armchair Traveller's History of Apulia is the story of the heel of Italy - Puglia - as told by past and present day travellers. It has beautiful landscapes, cave towns and frescoed grotto churches, wonderful old cities with Romanesque cathedrals, Gothic castles and a wealth of Baroque architecture. And yet, while far from inaccessible, until quite recently it was seldom visited by tourists. This portrait of Apulia concentrates on the Apulian people down the ages. Conquerors, whether Messapians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Lombards, Byzantines, Normans, Angevins, Germans or Spaniards, have all left their mark on the region in a cultural palimpsest that at first sight bewilders, but which hugely repays investigation. Arranged in short chapters, the narrative travels from north to south, making it an ideal companion for exploring Apulia by car. The Gazetteer, which is cross-referenced to the main text, highlights cities, churches, cathedrals, castles and sites of historical importance to the visitor. For travellers on the ground or students at their desks, this elegant, cloth-bound book will prove invaluable.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781907973765
Publisher:
Haus Publishing
Publication date:
04/09/2013
Series:
Armchair Traveller's History
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
969,325
File size:
6 MB

Meet the Author

Desmond Seward, who studied at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, is a historian and the author of many books, including The Monks of War: The Military Religious Orders and A Brief History of the Hundred Years War. Susan Mountgarret is the coauthor of Byzantium: A Journey and a Guide.

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