From the Celts to the present day, Strong highlights the political, economic and social forces that have driven the course of the arts. In addition he has inserted cameos of people such as Cardinal Wolsey in Tudor England and Kenneth Clark in the 20th century whose taste and influence have reached beyond their individual lives.
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The Spirit of Britain is a masterly survey of the country’s arts: literature, music, poetry, painting, architecture, theater, and all the related subjects that, over the centuries, have given British intellectual and cultural life its unique character and vitality. Presented to the reader as a single unfolding narrative, from the Celts to the present day, the arts are set within a vivid panorama of the social, economic, political, and ideological forces that shaped them. Four hundred gorgeous photographs and works of art add immensely to the dramatic impact of this landmark work of cultural history. Sir Roy Strong is the former Director of both the Victoria & Albert Museum and the National Portrait Gallery; among his books are The Artist and the Garden, The Cult of Elizabeth, and The Story of Britain.From the Back Cover:
"An absolutely marvellous book. Not only is it beautiful--it even outstrips and outsoars its predecessor, The Story of Britain." - A. N. Wilson
"An immensely valuable and reliable introduction to British cultural life--exhilarating reading." - The Times
"A wonderful read; it is also challenging and like its splendid author, not afraid to be controversial." - Antonia Fraser
"A fine volume--The treatment is thorough, balanced, judicious and sometimes highly original, and the illustrations are superb." - Spectator
"A formidable and provocative book." - Daily Telegraph
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Book Description Jonathan Cape Ltd, 1999. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Included. First edition. Sent within 24 hours. Expedited UK delivery available. Edition: 1st Edition. Bookseller Inventory # BBI2272090
Book Description Hutchinson in association with Julia Macrae, 1999. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. 1st Edition. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. In-4, relié, jaquette, Bon Etat. Bookseller Inventory # 2627