A Short History of London: The Creation of a World Capital

November 5, 2019 - Comment

LONDON: a settlement founded by the Romans, occupied by the Saxons, conquered by the Danes and ruled by the Normans. This unremarkable place – not even included in the Domesday Book – became a medieval maze of alleys and courtyards, later to be chequered with grand estates of Georgian splendour. It swelled with industry and

Buy Now! £12.99Amazon.co.uk Price
(as of November 18, 2019 9:00 pm GMT+0000 - Details)

LONDON: a settlement founded by the Romans, occupied by the Saxons, conquered by the Danes and ruled by the Normans. This unremarkable place – not even included in the Domesday Book – became a medieval maze of alleys and courtyards, later to be chequered with grand estates of Georgian splendour. It swelled with industry and became the centre of the largest empire in history. And rising from the rubble of the Blitz, it is now one of the greatest cities in the world.

From the prehistoric occupants of the Thames valley to the preoccupied commuters of today, Simon Jenkins brings together the key events, individuals and trends in London’s history to create a matchless portrait of the capital. Based in part on his own witness of the events that shaped the post-war city, and with his trademark colour and authority, he shows above all how London has taken shape over more than two thousand years. This is narrative history at its finest, from the most ardent protector of our heritage.

‘A handsome book … full of the good judgements one might hope for from such a sensible and readable commentator, and they alone are worth perusing for pleasure and food for thought’ Michael Wood, New Statesman on A Short History of England

‘Any passably cultured inhabitant of the British Isles should ask for, say, three or four copies of this book for Christmas…I can imagine no better companion on a voyage across England’ Max Hastings, Daily Telegraph on England’s Thousand Best Houses

Comments

Anonymous says:

How London Evolved From Roman Times. Few people know how London has evolved better than Jenkins. He has lived in various parts of London since he was a very young child. His previous books on London have been lauded by critics.His latest book, not all that short, is a masterly, concise and engaging account of the growth of our capital. Simon regales the reader with an astonishing array of facts and anecdotes. His knowledge is encyclopedic. Very highly recommended.The book is organised in 26 chapters. Each…

Comments are disabled for this post.

The owner of this website is a participant in the Amazon EU Associates Programme, an affiliate advertising programme designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.co.uk.