From the Magna Carta to the Falklands, the years that have made Britain, for better and for worse
Did the longbow secure victory at Agincourt or are the English just better in mud? Did Queen Elizabeth I know the Armada had capitulated when she delivered one of the most inspiring speeches in all history? Where did Wellington meet his Waterloo? Was the vote to leave the European Union Britain’s modern Peasants’ Revolt?
Colin Brown travels to the sites of some of the most significant events in British history to skewer inaccuracies embedded in popular parlance and reveal the truth behind the stories that make Britain great.
Colin Brown is author of the acclaimed history Whitehall: The Street That Shaped a Nation. Formerly political editor of the Sunday Telegraph and Independent on Sunday, deputy political editor of the Independent, and correspondent for the Guardian, he covered breaking news in Downing Street and Westminster for over 30 years. He lives in London.
‘This is as much a travel book as history. Brown goes to significant sites… It’s in evoking such a strong sense of place that the book succeeds in conveying a sense of history.’
– Independent on Sunday
‘Spirited, entertaining and fascinatingly informative.’
– Daily Mail
‘David Cameron calls this “absolutely fascinating” and you can’t say fairer than that.’
– Daily Express
'Barely a page fails to yield some colourful historical nugget.' Dominic Sandbrook, Daily Telegraph on Whitehall 'Brown is a cheerful guide - full of anecdotes and observations.' The Guardian on Whitehall
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