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An Armchair Traveller's History of Cambridge

An Armchair Traveller's History of Cambridge [Kindle Edition]

Richard Tames , John Holder
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An Armchair Traveller's History of Cambridge is a narrative of the city and university; its food and fashion; music and gardens; books and clubs; as well as Cambridge's contributions to poetry, theater and sport; its royal associations and the new links it forged with the Arab world and China. Attractions include the world-renowned Fitzwilliam Museum and Botanic Gardens, the quirky Kettle's Yard, and museums devoted to archaeology, anthropology, zoology, earth sciences, polar research and the history of science. Research reveals that most visitors to Cambridge never venture more than four hundred yards from the central Market Square. An Armchair Traveller's History of Cambridge will help you do better than that—and want to.

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Richard Tames read History at Pembroke College, Cambridge and teaches for Syracuse University in London. He is also the author of A Traveller’s History of Oxford and A Traveller’s History of London and co-author of A Traveller’s History of Bath.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4259 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Haus Publishing (21 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ET7LZY0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cambridge at its best 6 Oct 2013
Anyone looking for a definitive history of Cambridge need look no further than An Armchair Traveller's History of Cambridge.
Superbly chronicled by Richard Tames, with illustrations by John Holder, this very quickly becomes an un-put-downable account of the history of Cambridge, starting from Anglo-Saxon times, through the days when the town (Cambridge only became a city in 1951)was a significant inland port (this significance only ended when the Fens were drained in the 17th century), to the developments that have seen Cambridge become the one of the world's leading success stories in education, business and technology.
The work rate was not always epic, of course: in mid-Victorian times undergraduates enjoyed substantial breakfasts of coffee, tea and muffins, followed by hot dishes such as cutlets, chops or "`spread eagle' - a fowl split and served with mushrooms" - washed down with the consumption of ale and cider plus the smoking of pipes "before the party dispersed to aid their digestion by sitting through a lecture or two before lunch". Hilarious!
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I am thoroughly enjoying this well-written and entertaining book - the author is in complete command of his subject, and has produced a readable and pleasing work that is both fast-paced and richly informative, giving a faithful, fascinating and not infrequently witty picture of this beautiful and characterful city in all its many aspects over the last thousand years. Furthermore the book itself is nicely produced, which for me only enhances the pleasure of reading it. For those who've never been there - a excellent introduction; for those who have - an excellent reminder of all the reasons we love the place and keep going back!
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