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After several years in exile, Cobbett returned to England where he became politically active, eventually winning a seat in Parliament. In the early 1820s the new MP set out on horseback to ...
After several years in exile, Cobbett returned to England where he became politically active, eventually winning a seat in Parliament. In the early 1820s the new MP set out on horseback to make a series of personal tours through the English countryside. These observations were collected and make up the two volumes of "Rural Rides".
The two books are written in some of the finest prose to grace the English language. Considered one of the best accounts of rural England ever written -- they are detailed, factual, filled with shrewd observation and remain enduring classics.
|From Petersfield to Kensington||1|
|Down the Vale of the Avon in Wiltshire||34|
|From Salisbury to Warminster, from Warminster to Frome, from Frome to Devizes, and from Devizes to Highworth||58|
|From Highworth to Cricklade, and thence to Malmsbury||80|
|From Malmsbury, in Wiltshire, through Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, and Worcestershire||100|
|From Ryall, in Worcestershire, to Berghclere, in Hampshire||120|
|From Berghclere to Lyndhurst, in the New Forest||143|
|From Lyndhurst to Beaulieu Abbey; thence to Southampton and Weston; thence to Botley, Allington, West End, near Hambledon; and thence to Petersfield, Thursley, and Godalming||167|
|From Weston, near Southampton, to Kensington||181|
|To Tring, in Hertfordshire||206|
|Tour in the West||276|
|Progress in the North||277|