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The Cotswolds [Hardcover]

Anthea Jones , Glyn Jones
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1 Jan 1994
The Cotswolds constitute a distinctive region with a gentle, well-loved landscape. The Roman and Anglo-Saxon settlement and the powerful influence of medieval lords of the manor all contributed to the pattern of hamlet and village, church and parish, the system of farming in open fields and to the creation of the market towns. “ ... one of the finest portraits of the region ever crafted.” Wilts & Glos Standard

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  • Hardcover: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Phillimore & Co Ltd; 1st.ed. edition (1 Jan 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0850338832
  • ISBN-13: 978-0850338836
  • Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 25.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,232,797 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.0 out of 5 stars A Limited History of the Cotwolds 5 July 2007
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The jacket cover note for this book claims that it "is the first detailed history of the [Cotswolds] region, as a whole, and of the evolution of its unique character." But readers will quickly discover that its scope is actually far more limited. On page 21, the author explains the early use of the term 'Cotswold' to cover what most modern readers would regard as the Northern Cotswolds, roughly north of the A40, and explains that "these places define the true Cotswolds, described in this book." But she admits that "since [the 16th Century], the name has been applied to an increasingly wide area." Anyone wanting to know about the history of this whole wider area will therefore be sadly disappointed, as a glance at the index will confirm. There are very few references even to the major towns of Cirencester, Cheltenham or Tetbury, and none at all to Stroud, Nailsworth, Dursley and well-known places like the Duntisbournes, Bisley, Miserden, Minchinhampton, Fairford and many other towns regarded today as quintessentially Cotswold. The omission of the Stroud valleys means that the importance of the Industrial revolution on that part of the world is not covered at all. But Anthea Jones' history is also limited in other respects, as it really says nothing at all about the Ancient Cotswold and the Roman occupation, and very little about the 20th century. Indeed, I would suggest that a much more fitting (albeit less snappy) title for this book would be along the lines "A History of Land Tenure in the Northern Cotswolds since the Anglo-Saxons".

These negative comments are, of course, about what the book is NOT. However, in respect of those areas of history it does cover, the book is full of excellent scholarship and detail.
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