By Graham Stewart
This can be a compellingly unique illustrated chronicle of 2 thousand years of British heritage, mentioned through the tales of 1 hundred landmark files that modified the face of england. In "Britannia", Graham Stewart strains thousand years of an island's tale - from Roman province to twenty-first century eu geographical region - via 100 ancient records. From the eighth-century Lindisfarne Gospels to the good testomony of Norman forms, the Domesday ebook, and from the designs for the Union Jack in 1606 to Neville Chamberlain's 1938 Munich contract with Hitler, the records chosen embody a variety of nationwide endeavours: politics and faith, battle and international relations, economics and the legislations, technological know-how and invention, literature and journalism, in addition to activity and well known tune. hence the 1st version of "The instances" rubs shoulders with the principles of the newly shaped Marylebone Cricket membership; the designs for Stephenson's "Rocket with the Catholic Emancipation Act"; Lord Kitchener's iconic First global struggle recruitment poster with Clause 4 of the Labour Party's structure; and, the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper" album disguise with Britain's accession treaty to the eu financial group. those are files that not just outlined their very own eras, yet which proceed to resonate this day: Magna Carta and the invoice of Rights turned important criminal curtailments of arbitrary royal energy; medieval election writs and nineteenth-century reform acts formed the production of parliamentary democracy; the good translations of the Bible, the performs of Shakespeare and Dr Samuel Johnson's Dictionary have left indelible marks at the English language; whereas the effect of Adam Smith's Wealth of countries maintains to lead how we do enterprise. Stylishly written and generously illustrated (including quite a few reproductions of the records themselves, twenty-four of them in complete colour), "Britannia" belongs at the bookshelf of somebody who's curious to profit extra in regards to the ancient roots of our tradition, society, language, spiritual traditions and political associations.
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One of them was Matthew Parker (1504–75), archbishop of Canterbury, who bequeathed his manuscript library to Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. The other was the seventeenth-century MP, Sir Robert Cotton (1571–1631). Having failed to interest the state in establishing an academy ‘for the study of antiquity and history’, Cotton began buying as many historic documents as he could afford for the library that he built for Cotton House, his four-storey home adjoining the House of Commons. Politicians as well as antiquarians were given free rein to examine his collection, finding numerous historical precedents with which to challenge the increasingly arbitrary rule of King Charles I.
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