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A Kentish Tale of Men and Manors

by James Ballingall | 01 September 2011
Category: General History
Synopsis
The great whale-back have been home to man from the earliest times and command today a special affection in the heart of the nation. The offered safe passage to stone-age man when a land-bridge joined Britain to the mainland. Later, the white chalk cliffs beckoned across the water to Celts, Romans, Saxons, Jutes and Normans - invaders and settlers alike. A kentish Tale of Men and Manors tells the tale of the Downs from the earliest times. Through the prism of an ancient manor, in the heart of the Kentish Downs, we watch a cast of character playing out events which shaped out island history. Bronze-age warriors, Roman generals, Knights, murderers, fraudsters, spies,pilgrims, lunatics, diarists, men of letter and captains of industry all passed this way and left their mark. Great historical events resonate in the bones of the hills. Equally, through the lives of the ordinary men and women, we see in microcosm what it was to live in a small village in the shadow of the Downs, swept by the tides of history, buffeted by the whims of Kings, Knights and Bishops. James Ballingall, a travel writer in his youth, has put down roots in the chalk Downs and in this book, charming illustrated by his sister, Anne Lever, offers an insight into this most fascinating corner of the country. Written in light-hearted vein it will be of interest to the casual or more serious reader alike.
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Synopsis
The great whale-back have been home to man from the earliest times and command today a special affection in the heart of the nation. The offered safe passage to stone-age man when a land-bridge joined Britain to the mainland. Later, the white chalk cliffs beckoned across the water to Celts, Romans, Saxons, Jutes and Normans - invaders and settlers alike. A kentish Tale of Men and Manors tells the tale of the Downs from the earliest times. Through the prism of an ancient manor, in the heart of the Kentish Downs, we watch a cast of character playing out events which shaped out island history. Bronze-age warriors, Roman generals, Knights, murderers, fraudsters, spies,pilgrims, lunatics, diarists, men of letter and captains of industry all passed this way and left their mark. Great historical events resonate in the bones of the hills. Equally, through the lives of the ordinary men and women, we see in microcosm what it was to live in a small village in the shadow of the Downs, swept by the tides of history, buffeted by the whims of Kings, Knights and Bishops. James Ballingall, a travel writer in his youth, has put down roots in the chalk Downs and in this book, charming illustrated by his sister, Anne Lever, offers an insight into this most fascinating corner of the country. Written in light-hearted vein it will be of interest to the casual or more serious reader alike.
€20.99
62 Reward Points
Currently out of stock
Delivery in 5-7 Days
Eligible for free delivery

Any purchases for more than €10 are eligible for free delivery anywhere in the UK or Ireland!


Product Details

ISBN - 9781860777011
Format -
Publisher -
Published - 01/09/2011
Categories - All, Books, History and Politics, History Books, General History
No. of Pages - 144
Weight - 396
Edition -
Series - - Not Available
Page Size - 25
Language - en-US
Readership Age - Not Available
Table of Contents - Not Available

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