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If you had the choice, what period of history would you want to visit? What sights, sounds and smells would you want to experience first-hand? Would it be the Tudors, with bloated King Henry VIII and his succession of ill-fated wives, would it be the intrigue and treason of the Gunpowder Plot or possibly the terrifying times of the Civil War when Englishman was pitched in battle against his fellow Englishman? Sam and Harry, our time-defying heroes experience the whole of British history from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries. Along with Sam and Harry we discover what it was like to stand on the deck of an English battleship facing the Spanish Armada, how it really felt to see the first steam-powered engines, what it was like prospecting for gold in the colonies... You will live along with Sam and Harry seeing historic events as they affect the everyday lives of the ordinary men, women and children of Britain. Every new event serves as a backdrop to many an adventurous experience for Sam and Harry, and the reader too.
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Michael John Dewey Brown was born in 1931, the youngest child of what were then considered lower middle class parents, a schoolteacher and a State Registered Nurse. Michael was West Country born and bred and never strayed far from the village of his childhood. The exception was being sent off to boarding school, which he loathed, when war-time conditions disrupted family life. By teenage Michael showed marked artistic ability which, at this stage, found outlet in drawing and painting. To meet the need for a basic income Michael opted to become a postman which he reckoned would leave him time to nourish his artistic drive. He became involved in stage management of amateur dramatics and excelled in scenery design and production. It was in amateur dramatics that he met his wife, Christine, whom he married in 1952. His artistic flair found expression not only in painting of a great variety of subjects in a variety of media, but he was a very skilled wood carver, producing very beautiful objects. Some of his paintings and woodcarvings were shown at local and some national exhibitions. He would also write playlets and short stories, but never considered them good enough for publication. Besides all this he crafted functional furniture and even built, almost single handed, a rather splendid house. Michael was a gentle, sensitive, modest man with an eye for beauty. He would often lend a hand to those in need and was much respected in his local community. He died suddenly on New Years Day 2007 and is survived by his wife Christine and his sister Mary. Kings & Queens, Bishops, Knights & pawns was completed shortly before Michael's death and his family feel it's of a quality worth sharing with the public, and will serve as a tribute to his diverse artistic skills which did not receive due recognition during his lifetime.
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Book Description Olympia Publishers, 2008. Paperback. Condition: Good. Good items may show signs of prior usage and have cover and corners worn, but items is in good overall condition inside and out. May contain stickers/stamps or previous owners name (May contain gift note). For detailed description please contact seller. Seller Inventory # mon0001453392