Britannia: 100 Documents that Shaped a Nation by Graham Stewart

By Graham Stewart

Graham Stewart traces 2,000 years of an island's story—from Roman province to twenty first century eu nation-state—through 100 historical documents

From the eighth-century Lindisfarne Gospels to the nice testomony of Norman paperwork, the Domesday e-book, and from the designs for the Union Jack in 1606 to Neville Chamberlain's 1938 Munich contract with Hitler, the files chosen include a variety of nationwide endeavors: politics and faith, struggle and international relations, economics and the legislations, technology and invention, literature and journalism, in addition to game and renowned track. the 1st version of the Times rubs shoulders with the principles of the newly shaped Marylebone Cricket membership; the designs for Stephenson's Rocket with the Catholic Emancipation Act; Lord Kitchener's iconic international struggle I recruitment poster with Clause 4 of the hard work Party's structure; and the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper album disguise with Britain's accession treaty to the eu monetary neighborhood. those are records that not just outlined their very own eras, yet which proceed to resonate today.

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P. 32 Seal of William the Conqueror. © The British Library Board/HIP/TopFoto. p. 35 Page from the Domesday Book. Getty Images. p. 48 Frontispiece to Historia Anglorum. VII, folio 6r. © 2010 The British Library Board. pp. 52–3 Writ and return from Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire. The National Archives, London. C219-1-1(1). p. 55 Section of the Statute of Rhuddlan. The National Archives, London. E175/11/5 (6). p. 64 John Wyclif. TopFoto. pp. 68–9 Chapel of King’s College Cambridge. Getty Images.

Although he may have meant it as a temporary expedient, the decision ensured the collapse of Roman Britain. C. 710 THE LINDISFARNE GOSPELS AN ILLUMINATED MASTERPIECE FROM THE DARK AGES A page from the Lindisfarne Gospels is depicted in the first plate section. During the fourth century, Christianity spread throughout Britain. Tolerated by the Roman occupiers from AD 313, following the emperor Constantine’s Edict of Milan, it was the state religion by 382. The test, however, was whether it could survive the legions’ departure in 410.

240 Dublin Castle. © Lordprice Collection/Alamy. p. 243 Enclosure map. Northamptonshire Record Office. Plan no. 34. p. 247 James Gillray. Getty Images. p. 250 Sketch of Rocket. © Science Museum/Science & Society. p. 256 duke of Wellington. Topfoto. p. 259 Charles Grey. Getty Images. p. 266 People’s Charter. Private Collection/The Bridgeman Art Library. p. 271 Paddle engines from SS Great Britain. © Science Museum/Science & Society. p. 275 Manuscript page of A Christmas Carol. Photo Pierpont Morgan Library/Art Resource/Scala, Florence.

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