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The British Inheritance: A Treasury of Historic Documents

Hallam, Elizabeth & Prescott, Andrew

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ISBN 10: 0520224701 / ISBN 13: 9780520224704
Published by University of California Press, 2000
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A geat study of the documents held by the British historial archives in the British Museum and elsewhere. this copy is in perfect condition. Size: 9x11. Bookseller Inventory # 001091

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Title: The British Inheritance: A Treasury of ...

Publisher: University of California Press

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Edition: First Edition.

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Britain's 1000-year prominence on the international stage endures. Posterity owes the English language (spoken now by more than half the world's population) a tradition of democratic freedom, governmental and legal systems which have been adapted in many countries, and world figures in science, literature, and the arts. The "British Inheritance" is shared not just by the peoples of the UK but also by those of many lands--the U.S.A., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Africa, and India--which were once its colonies and are now its allies and partners.

Britain's rich historical heritage is evident in the great archive and manuscript collections found in such institutions as the Public Record Office, British Library, National Library of Scotland, Scottish Record Office, and National Library of Wales. From King Arthur, Alfred the Great, and William the Conqueror to the end of the Empire, swinging England of the 1960s, and the multicultural Britain of the '90s, this volume displays, in chronological order, key documents which illuminate defining moments in British history. The documents are accompanied by lively commentaries by experts and curators, placing the material in context and explaining its significance. Alongside such major treasures as the Domesday Book and Magna Carta are many less-well-known but nonetheless fascinating items such as Oscar Wilde's calling card and the last letter of Mary, Queen of Scots.

Superbly illustrated in color throughout, with a brief introduction, this authoritative and accessible book will appeal to anyone with an interest in history, politics, and culture.

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Elizabeth Hallam is Director of Public Services at the Public Record Office. She is the author of numerous best-selling books, including The Domesday Book through Nine Centuries; The Plantagenet Chronicles; Chronicles of the Crusades; Gods and Goddesses; and Saints.
Andrew Prescott is Curator of Western Manuscripts at the British Library and author of English Historical Documents.

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