Seven Ages of Britain Hardcover – 7 Jan 2010
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'In this ambitious account, one of our most eminent broadcasters takes 2,000 years of art - and builds a history of our nation.' (Mail on Sunday)
'A bold attempt to tell the nation's story through objects . . . a beautifully illustrated book' (Scotland on Sunday)
'A great introduction to a fascinating subject.' (Waterstone's Books Quarterly)
'A national treasure looks at national treasures.' (Guardian)
About the Author
David Dimbleby is the author of A Picture of Britain and How We Built Britain, and presented the BBC television series that accompanied them. He chairs BBC's Question Time and anchors election and other political programmes.
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Obviously you can fill the gaps if you missed any episode.
The Seven Ages idea seems a little artificial to me but I suppose its a good Shakespearean reference.
An enjoyable read if you're keen on British History.
The Book is presented in seven chapters, each of which is written by different person, all of whom are qualified in their own fields. The first is called the "Age of Conquest". This refers to the invasions of Britain by a variety of peoples including the Angles, Saxons, Jutes and Norse. The island accommodated a number of small kingdoms. The growth of Christianity was accompanied by the establishment of monastries and the development of Christian art, although most art from the period has been overshadowed by the Bayeaux Tapestry which signalled the of Anglo Saxon rule.
The second chapter concentrates on medieval life which was dominated by the crown and the church. Although the medieval church was used as a mechanism of social control, it did provide "purpose and structure to daily life (and) helped protect the sick and the poor." It also brought it into political and economic conflict with the crown which led to the murder of Thomas Becket the Archbishop of Canterbury. Becket's death had unexpected consequences including his proclamation as a saint and regular pilmgrimages which Chaucer immortalised in his Canterbury Tales.Read more ›
I would reccomend this book to anyone with an intrest in British History.
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I have not ordered many books from Amazon but this is nice, I knew it was not brand new but it is what it is a good book.Published on 29 Nov. 2013 by S M Chadwick
This book was a marvellous reminder of the television series with David Dimbleby and covered the areas presented in this series in a concise manner.Published on 6 Mar. 2011 by Lorraine