Foundation by Peter Ackroyd
The History of England from Its Earliest Beginnings to the Tudors

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Ackroyd's England comes to resemble a continuous accident, which is not a bad description of any nation.
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The first book in Peter Ackroyd's history of England series, which has since been followed up with two more installments, Tudors and Rebellion.

In Foundation, the chronicler of London and of its river, the Thames, takes us from the primeval forests of England's prehistory to the death, in 1509, of the first Tudor king, Henry VII. He guides us from the building of Stonehenge to the founding of the two great glories of medieval England: common law and the cathedrals. He shows us glimpses of the country's most distant past--a Neolithic stirrup found in a grave, a Roman fort, a Saxon tomb, a medieval manor house--and describes in rich prose the successive waves of invaders who made England English, despite being themselves Roman, Viking, Saxon, or Norman French.

With his extraordinary skill for evoking time and place and his acute eye for the telling detail, Ackroyd recounts the story of warring kings, of civil strife, and foreign wars. But he also gives us a vivid sense of how England's early people lived: the homes they built, the clothes the wore, the food they ate, even the jokes they told. All are brought vividly to life in this history of England through the narrative mastery of one of Britain's finest writers.

 

About Peter Ackroyd

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PETER ACKROYD is an award-winning novelist, as well as a broadcaster, biographer, poet, and historian. He is the author of the acclaimed Thames: Sacred River, London: The Biography, and the first volume of his history of England, Foundation. He holds a CBE for services to literature and lives in London.
 
Published October 16, 2012 by Thomas Dunne Books. 520 pages
Genres: History, Travel, War. Non-fiction
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NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by Walter Olson on Jan 18 2013

The book is most engaging when not attending to matters of state.

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Reviewed by Ian Pindar on May 01 2012

Ackroyd's England comes to resemble a continuous accident, which is not a bad description of any nation.

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