England's Forgotten Past
The Unsung Heroes and Heroines, Valiant Kings, Great Battles and Other Generally Overlooked Episodes in Our Nation's Glorious History
- ISBN 9780500515228
- 19.60 x 12.90 cm
- 70 Illustrations, 0 in colour
- First published 2010
‘[An] entertaining miscellany … all vital stuff to know’ – Country Life
‘Witty and engaging’ – The Yorkshire Post
We have lost sight of some of the most colourful characters and intriguing episodes of English life. England’s Forgotten Past will delight anyone interested in English history.
Did you know that for three centuries no king of England spoke English as his first language? Or that Charles II spent two million pounds trying to build an English settlement in Tangiers? Can you say where England’s bloodiest battle took place? Or how Alexis Soyer revolutionized English cooking? Or how the legend of King Arthur came about?
If not, this is the book for you. An entertaining tour through the forgotten episodes of English history, it ranges from rogue elements in the royal family to the celebrities of yesteryear, from villages that mysteriously vanished to the enormous medieval fairs that were once a feature of the countryside. It also looks at the everyday lives of ordinary people – those who manned the ships, worked the land and fought the wars.
• Who was first crowned King of England?
• Who invented the idea of ‘the English’?
• Which English city fell into the sea?
• Who was the only English pope?
• Where was Europe’s largest commercial fair?
• Which English female author led a double life as a spy?
Find the answers to these and hundreds of other diverting questions in this charming, fact-packed guide to England’s forgotten past.
Richard Tames lectures on history for the Institute of Tourist Guiding, which trains London’s prestigious ‘Blue Badge’ guides. He is the author of over twenty books on different aspects of English history, including London: A Cultural History and Shakespeare’s London on Five Groats a Day.