on 20 May 2013
This is a scholarly tome, full of detail and descriptions of various scenes and environments, and is not an easy read. However, it's worth 'hanging in there' - skimming a bit if the succession of lists and numbers of wildfowl collected for various historic feasts becomes a bit dreary - for there are plenty of interesting nuggets along the way. I've only managed to get halfway through the book so far, and I confess that I do mark the end of each chapter as a target to be achieved as I go, but I'm hoping that the story of the drainage of the fens will be a bit more gripping.
on 26 June 2015
I purchased this book mainly because it purports to include Lincolnshire fens - modern books mentioning Lincolnshire fens are extremely rare. They remain so. The author, as with most fen studies, seems more at home with the usual histories of Cambridgeshire or even Yorkshire fens, leaving 'Lincolnshire' tacked on rather aimlessly at the end of sub headings.
At last on page 144, and without the help of an index, I managed to find the history of one of Lincolnshire's most famous lost fens reduced to just two paragraphs. There may have been more elsewhere, but I gave up searching.