Foundation: The History of England from Its Earliest Beginnings to the Tudors

Foundation: The History of England from Its Earliest Beginnings to the Tudors

by Peter Ackroyd
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Foundation: The History of England from Its Earliest Beginnings to the Tudors by Peter Ackroyd

Peter Ackroyd, whose work has always been underpinned by a profound interest in and understanding of England's history, now tells the epic story of England itself.

In Foundation, the chronicler of London and of its river, the Thames, takes us from the primeval forests of England's prehistory to the death, in 1509, of the first Tudor king, Henry VII. He guides us from the building of Stonehenge to the founding of the two great glories of medieval England: common law and the cathedrals. He shows us glimpses of the country's most distant past--a Neolithic stirrup found in a grave, a Roman fort, a Saxon tomb, a medieval manor house--and describes in rich prose the successive waves of invaders who made England English, despite being themselves Roman, Viking, Saxon, or Norman French.

With his extraordinary skill for evoking time and place and his acute eye for the telling detail, Ackroyd recounts the story of warring kings, of civil strife, and foreign wars. But he also gives us a vivid sense of how England's early people lived: the homes they built, the clothes the wore, the food they ate, even the jokes they told. All are brought vividly to life in this history of England through the narrative mastery of one of Britain's finest writers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250003614
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 10/16/2012
Series: History of England Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 496
Product dimensions: 6.46(w) x 9.36(h) x 1.58(d)

About the Author

PETER ACKROYD is an award-winning novelist, as well as a broadcaster, poet and historian. He is the author of the acclaimed Thames: Sacred River and London: The Biography. He holds a CBE for services to literature and lives in London.

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Foundation: The History of England from Its Earliest Beginnings to the Tudors 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book does move at a fast pace but it is easy to read and with concentration can be followed. Most importantly it is filled with interesting information about the nitty gritty of life in old England and how our world today came to be.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Learned a lot. Easy to read and follow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay popular history of England. Nice details of everyday life, but sooo much focus on the monarchy. Prehistory to Henry VIII.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book looked interesting, but I have read so much English history. I am so happy I read it. May have learned more than in any other source. Very readable.
Anonymous 4 months ago
I was hoping for some more in-depth history. It is a good overview. It covers a large amount of time, so would be hard to include too much detail. The book includes some contemporary letters and writings of some eras, which were very interesting.
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loftismk More than 1 year ago
Extremely interesting reading. My family comes from England and from my Mother's side were Knights at Corfu Castle in Dorset, andother castles. My fathers side were Irish and Knights at Rathfarnham Castle during the time of the book and helped enlighten me on my family history. I took a lot of notes and researched further getting a good insight on the times and the people. Excellent reading.
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