The heroes and villains, triumphs and disasters of English history are instantly familiar-from the Norman Conquest to Henry VIII, Queen Victoria to the two world wars. But to understand their full significance we need to know the whole story. 'A Short History of England' sheds new light on all the key individuals and events in English history by bringing them together in an enlightening account of the country's birth, rise to global prominence, and then partial eclipse.
Ackroyd visits all the towns and villages along the river, from Oxfordshire to London, describing magnificent royal residences, bridges and docks, locks and weirs, villages and towns along its 215-mile run. He portrays the artists, personalities and ordinary people who have depended on the river for their livelihood, including Julius Caesar and Henry VIII, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Turner, Shelley and other writers, poets and painters who have been enchanted by its many moods and colors.
Britain by Britrail 2012/13: Touring Britain by Train