by Peter Neville Havins, Anne Bradford



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Worcestershire by Peter Neville Havins, Anne Bradford

The second longest river in England flows through Worcestershire and its gentle hills have some of the oldest rocks in the world. Now a peaceful county of great beauty, Worcestershire’s history is a rich tapestry. The county has been invaded many times. The Romans came in 43AD and when they left the Picts, the Angles and the Jutes arrived. In 875 the Vikings swept up the River Severn, looting and burning, followed by William the Conqueror in 1066. In 1139 Empress Matilda came to England to claim the throne and in the ensuing civil war Worcester was burned down twice. Then in 1349, the Black Death appeared, killing up to half the population of Worcestershire and changing their way of life for ever. Religious controversy has played a major part in Worcestershire’s history. A humble tailor from Evesham, Harold Badby, was burned to death in 1410 for his beliefs, and two Worcestershire bishops were also burned at the stake. The Worcestershire gentry were heavily involved in the gunpowder plot of 1605 and the story of their flight across Worcestershire makes for breathtaking reading. Among the many famous figures inspired by the Malvern Hills are the composer Edward Elgar, C.S. Lewis, and J.R.R. Tolkien. From ancient times to the present day, this book endeavors to provide a comprehensive picture of the county of Worcestershire, which is famous for its sauce but has a wealth of other hidden treasures besides.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780709079880
Publisher: Hale, Robert Limited
Publication date: 12/01/2012
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 10.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Peter Neville Havins worked as a librarian, a schoolmaster, and a journalist with Berrow’s Newspapers in Worcester. This is his second history of Worcestershire. Anne Bradford has lived in Worcestershire for more than 50 years, where she spent a decade working as a teacher before taking early retirement to become a full-time writer. She has written 10 books on Worcestershire and is on the committee of the Worcestershire Local History Forum, which coordinates history societies in the county.

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