Discover one of the world’s most fascinating and historic cities through 30 dramatic true stories spanning the rich history of London. Author Kevin Jackson takes readers through more than 2,000 years of British history with exciting essays on topics such as London’s origins, Richard the Lion-Hearted, Geoffrey Chaucer, Henry V, Shakespeare, Queen Victoria, Jack the Ripper, Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde, the Beatles, and more. In addition, guided walking tours of London’s historic neighborhoods, illustrated with color photographs and period maps, take readers to the places where history really happened.
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About the Author
Kevin Jackson is the author of several books, including Invisible Forms: A Guide to Literary Curiosities, and the editor of The Oxford Book of Money. He is a former associate arts editor of the Independent and film critic for the Independent on Sunday.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The first part of this book was simply a joy to read. Though considered a "Travel Book," it offers 30 stories highlighting important historical moments in London's history, as well as influential people who have left their mark. By no means is this an exhaustive historical account (the author makes no effort to provide such a report). Rather, the reader is left with a deeper understanding of what shaped London to what it is today, through an eclectic timeline (at times jumping a few historical centuries) including murder, royalty, sickness, brilliance and tragedy. From the Black Death to The Execution of Anne Boleyn. From the rise of Shakespeare to The Blitz. From The Great Fire to the Marriage of William and Kate. The reader will expand both their cultural and historical knowledge of this great city. Part Two offers walking tours and maps of the city, also making this book a useful option to take with you during your next visit to London (it's a travel book, after all). The full color maps and photographs provide ample guidance. Enjoy!