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An Armchair Traveller’s History of Cambridge Hardcover – 15 Jul 2013
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About the Author
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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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!