And Did Those Feet: Walking Through 2000 Years of British and Irish History Paperback – 21 Jan 2010
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...this is a warm, informative, engaging work...It is a narrative that is accessible, entertaining and frequently insightful (IRISH TIMES) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
* A wittily told journey through time as the author walks a series of famous historical journeys, uncovering British heritage and discovering the contemporary landscape.See all Product Description
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Despite possessing only a limited knowledge (and perhaps only a passing interest) of the historical figures covered, I was drawn in by the author's infectious enthusiasm for discovery. There is also a great range of history covered, spanning several thousand years and a wide area of Britain.
Not only has this book encouraged me to get out and about, it has broadened my horizons from the other Connelly titles I have read and enjoyed, 'Stamping Grounds' and 'Spirit High & Passion Pure'. Fellow readers of those books can be reassured that 'And Did Those Feet' touches on football nostalgia. For those who may wonder how football has its place in the story, the brief indulgence is suitably justified and contextualised!
This book will suit anybody with even a light interest in British history, the outdoors or travel writing. Its approachable style makes it an enjoyable read for either serious reading, or simply dipping in and out when time allows. A refreshing perspective on the history of these islands, 'And Did Those Feet' is without doubt one of the best books I've ever read.
Covering diverse episodes, from Boudica's uprising against the Romans to Bonnie Prince Charlie's escape to Skye disguised as a Scottish maid, it succeeds in its stated aim of shining a light on some slightly dusty corners of this country's history. Even as a man with an A-Level in history and two history teachers in my immediate family I found myself learning new facts about events I hitherto only had the sketchiest knowledge of.
Connelly also makes for an engaging guide, narrator and companion on the geographical and temporal travels he undertakes. He has a witty, self-deprecating and wry sense of humour but doesn't allow the comedy to become the book's focus. He's also good at distilling historical events down to the pertinent facts without missing out anything critical or making things too dry.
Almost inevitably some of the journeys he undertakes are more interesting than others. His attempts to retrace the steps of Boudica, King Harold and Bonnie Prince Charlie appealed to me most as they combined the best mix of history and travelogue. By contrast his trip across the Isle of Man retracing the journey of Olaf the Dwarf, King of Man, struggled to hold my attention as details of the author's journey came to the fore to mask the apparent lack of factual historical detail available about the little known Olaf.
Overall however, I enjoyed my time in the company of Charlie Connelly. Having not read any of his other books I cannot comment on how this one compares. I would however, recommend it to anyone with even a passing interest in history or who, like me, enjoys a good walk.
His first walk along Boudica's rampage through East Anglia and London took him past my house which serves to emphasise one of the author's key messages: history is on our own doorsteps and all around us. He manages to get across alot of the relevant history behind each walk without ever making you feel as if you are reading a text book and I would be amazed if anyone reading it isn't inspired to be just abit more curious about the streets they walk down, towns and villages they visit and historical monuments they come across. Whether his various mishaps, encounters and the rank bad weather he walked through encourage people to get out walking I am less certain.
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Informative and well researched. Take a trip into history with this educated chap & learn more about our less well known parts of history.Published 7 months ago by Rusty Bold
A good introduction to British history written in an entertaining stylePublished 16 months ago by mouse129
A very entertains book. If only school history lessons had been this good!Published 20 months ago by R S KEOGH
An interesting and different take on these long journeys, I then moved on to 'Attention all Shipping' and his journey round the unknown locations of the shipping forecast areas.Published on 5 Jan. 2014 by mr eric hartley
Like other Charlie connelly Books i have read ,a joy to read and easily digestible food for the brain !Published on 26 Feb. 2013 by MR P G HENDERSON
Gorgeous little reading book. takes you on a journey through time and space. nie to revisit places that I knew in my youth.Published on 23 Jan. 2013 by kathquaide