Unexpected Britain: A Journey Through Our Hidden History

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Most of us know some of the basic landmarks of British history, things like the Roman invasion, 1066, Bannockburn, the Spanish Armada, Waterloo, the Somme, the Battle of Britain, etc. All fascinating and important, of course, but sometimes just focusing on key landmarks can leave a viewer missing out.

In this book, we’re going to take a rather different approach to the history of Britain. We’re still going to follow the basic chronological route of that story, we’re still going to keep sight of major landmarks to orientate ourselves, but primarily we’re going to focus on some of the many fascinating but less well-known aspects of our country’s amazing history. From the Brits who invited the Romans to invade, to the invention of the tin can and the Briton who almost beat the Wright brothers, here we discover fifty stories along a different route through our nation’s history.

We hope that you’ll be sometimes surprised, sometimes intrigued, sometimes amused, and often entertained. We hope that you’ll enjoy an approach to Britain that relishes at least a bit of the enormous richness of history that can’t always squeeze into more mainstream histories of our country, and come to know a slightly different, in some ways more intriguing, Britain because of it.

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Stuart Laycock has a degree from Cambridge University. He has worked in advertising, marketing and TV. Stuart has authored or co-authored a number of history books in the UK, including All the Countries We’ve ever Invaded and the Few we Never Got Round To and Unexpected Britain. Philip Laycock has a degree in History from St Andrews University, where he was also Captain of the Shinty team. He has been a history teacher in Essex for more almost thirty years, and is currently Head of Humanities at a school in Colchester. He is also an experienced climber whose achievements include climbing the Matterhorn and Mont Blanc.

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Taking the road less traveled, the Laycocks provide new perspectives and find a new and different Britain through the telling of mostly previously unknown stories that date from before Julius Caesar through to the twentieth century.Fifty-two chapters are divided into six parts: Roman; dark ages; middle ages; Tudors and Stuarts; eighteenth and nineteenth century; twentieth century.ample chapters are, inter alia: life of a warlord, from vengeance to Vatican; the vanishing of England’s sixth-richest town; the Che Guervara of Norwich; from slave to freedman and bestselling author; the 1920 Bloody Sunday (PROTOVIEW)

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