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An Encyclopaedia of North-East England [Hardcover]

Richard A. Lomas
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29 Oct 2009
The North-East of England is a highly distinctive region of the United Kingdom, markedly different in history, tradition and culture from its bordering regions of Yorkshire, Cumbria and Scotland. It was a centre of spiritual and cultural excellence and leadership during the Dark Ages, and more recently it has been one of the world's most dynamic and innovative industrial complexes. It was equally distinctive in being an international and subsequently national frontier region, which profoundly affected its life during and after the long Anglo-Scottish war. Since the eighteenth century, much has been written about the North-East, but this encyclopaedia is the first attempt at a comprehensive compendium covering all aspects, and over an extended period. It covers an eclectic range of people, from saints to comedians and families who had an important influence on the region; places, from major cities to villages; the industries that made the region famous; products invented or developed in the region; events of national or international significance; and, institutions that were founded in the region. This book will be a valuable and widely consulted work of reference for all those interested in North-East England.

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  • Hardcover: 470 pages
  • Publisher: Birlinn Ltd; First Edition edition (29 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841588040
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841588049
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 16 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 631,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is very dippable for those who like a little regional trivia...but it is also in-depth enough to be a valuable reference book. --Northern Echo

A valuable and widely consulted work of reference for all those interested in the north east. --Berwick Advertiser

Will appeal to anyone who is interested in the history and heritage of the North East. --Living North magazine

About the Author

Richard Lomas has lived in North-East England for most of his life. He was educated at Durham University and worked there for over twenty years as a Lecturer in History and College Vice-Principal. Now retired, he has written a number of books, including North-East England in the Middle Ages; County of Conflict: Northumberland from Conquest to Civil War; A Power in the Land: The Percys; and The Fall of the House of Percy, 1368-1408.

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5.0 out of 5 stars First Class 6 Dec 2012
By Tati
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This is a must for all family historians with roots in the north east. I expected to dip in and out of this book but actually read it from cover to cover. Thoroughly recommended!
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4.0 out of 5 stars An important publication 19 Jan 2012
Richard Lomas is one of the North East's leading historians, and through books and articles in learned journals has made a significant contribution to enhancing our understanding of the region's past.

His encyclopaedia is another admirable addition to literature on the North East. Although Lomas is primarily a medievalist this book contains a wealth of information on other aspects of the region's history and should appeal to a wide range of readers.

The text is readable but in view of its vast extent and wide scope inevitably contains some errors. For example, George Lumley, who was executed for treason in 1537, is described as Lord Lumley's brother when in fact he was the peer's son. Moreover, the Scots successfully besieged Newcastle in 1644 and not, as Lomas states, in 1647. Nevertheless, the text is generally of a high calibre and has provided me with many enjoyable hours of reading and will undoubtedly continue to do so.
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5.0 out of 5 stars reference 4 Mar 2013
By renn1
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required for study, in to Northeast history and industrial practices, and regional development. will prove a useful tool for furthur study
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Pleasant Discovery 1 Nov 2012
I came across this book unexpectedly, and I am glad I did. It provides a very far-reaching encyclopaedia of knowledge about North East England and is very well written and very, very readable. I would encourage the reader to read it from cover to cover, not to dip into it, as in many encyclopaedias. It contains some astounding, but little-known facts, about the area, and is right up-to-date (about 2009)making it of more value. O.k., as the first reviewer has stated, there are a small number of minor errors,but do not let these deter you from purchasing it. It is one of my treasured book purchases, and I would unreservedly recommend it to you with the hope that you derive as much pleasure as me from it. It is truly a great labour of love from an impeccable author source. Purchase it now, when you can, because it will shortly be in short supply. Enjoy!

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