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Get An Insight Into The History Of London Thanks To Walter Besant's Writings
People wishing to learn more about Great Britain and its capital city will surely find that The History of London will satisfy their curiosity. In this volume Sir Walter Besant tries to present a detailed history of London from ancient times to the 19th century.
Besant has been widely known as both a historian and novelist. His works include a 10 volume survey on London, the first being the one being described here. Although the style may somewhat be similar to fiction readers will be surprised to see the level of accuracy that Besant uses when going through the periods of time that shaped the great city of London and the dynasties that ruled here.
The volume was published in 1893 and the writing style makes it as if it was intended for pupils. People reading it will find that the actual chapters are called lessons. Indeed many historical events and details present in the volume make great lessons for those who wish to learn more about the past of London. From prehistoric times through the Victorian destruction of the Blackfriars area of London and to the end of George the Second's reign, Besant tries to present and accurate account of what shaped the city and how old buildings have been demolished to make way for streets or how other monuments were erected. Besant not only presents historical facts but he also criticizes the Victorian upper class and aristocrats in general.
Readers of The History of London will find a wealth of information regarding not only the city but the ruling families and personalities who played a part in its history as well. Others will remain shocked to learn how certain historical heritages have been sabotaged or destroyed to make way for new ones or how the later centuries shaped the city of London.
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