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A History of Bath: Image and Reality Hardcover – 10 May 2007
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Bath is one of the most popular and significant tourist destinations in Britain. No fewer than four million visitors each year visit the much-renovated Roman Baths, marvel at the sites of this World Heritage city, or simply meander through its now carefully conserved eighteenth-century streets. For a few hours before they are whisked away to Stratford-upon-Avon, Edinburgh or London, they absorb the carefully presented image of Bath as ancient spa, elegant Georgian city and haunt of the likes of Richard 'Beau' Nash or Jane Austen. Bath has always tried to present itself in a favourable light. The true picture of Bath throughout its long and varied history is of course much fuller, more interesting and varied than the facade presented to casual visitors. From its earliest known history as spa during the Roman period, Bath transformed itself into Saxon monastic town and subsequently Norman cathedral city. It developed into a regional market and - perhaps surprisingly - a centre of the woollen trade during the Middle Ages, before becoming probably the most important health resort of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
About the Author
Graham Davis is Professor of History at Bath Spa University. He has been the author or editor of a number of books and articles on Bath's history including Memoirs of a Street Urchin (1985), Bath Beyond the Guide Book (1988), co-author with Penny Bonsall of Bath: A New History (1996), and is currently working on a collection of essays entitled Bath Exposed! He has also written extensively on Irish migration: The Irish in Britain, 1815-1914 (1991) and the award winning Land!: Irish Pioneers in Mexican and Revolutionary Texas (2002). Graham Davis was born in Cheltenham, grew up in Gloucester and has lived in and around Bath since 1968. He graduated from the University of Birmingham and completed his postgraduate studies at the University of Bath. Dr Penny Bonsall is a freelance historical researcher with a special interest in the Bath region. After graduating from Bath Spa University, she completed her postgraduate studies at the University of Warwick and in 1995-96 was a junior research fellow at the Institute for Irish Studies, The Queen's University of Belfast, and worked in higher education as a research assistant and part-time lecturer in local history. Her publications include articles on the labour history of the Somerset miners in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and The Irish RMs: The Resident Magistrates in the British Administration of Ireland (Dublin, 1997). Penny Bonsall was born in Bristol and grew up in north-west Somerset. She has lived in north-east Somerset for the past forty years and now lives near Peasedown St John.
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Well illustrated with photographs and a few illustrations which are informative-like the one of the Roman Baths under Roman rule.
Was advised to buy it by a Bath librarian -specailist on local history.
Written well-informative and clear and read easily.
A weighty book printed on good quality paper with excellent pictures. Cover 5.0
We enjoyed an excellent guided tour from the Roman Baths for two hours. Free and no gratuities accepted, best value in Bath. Many matters described on the tour are amplified in the book.
We read on Alexander of the Allrighters and Ywnwab and the Leamington Spa Writers.
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