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A Short History of London

The Creation of a World Capital
Narrated by: Anthony Howell
Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
Categories: History, British
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London: a settlement founded by the Romans, occupied by the Saxons, conquered by the Danes and ruled by the Normans. This unremarkable place - not even included in the Domesday Book - became a medieval maze of alleys and courtyards, later to be chequered with grand estates of Georgian splendour. It swelled with industry and became the centre of the largest empire in history. And rising from the rubble of the Blitz, it is now one of the greatest cities in the world.

From the prehistoric occupants of the Thames valley to the preoccupied commuters of today, Simon Jenkins brings together the key events, individuals and trends in London's history to create a matchless portrait of the capital. Based in part on his own witness of the events that shaped the post-war city, and with his trademark colour and authority, he shows above all how London has taken shape over more than two thousand years. This is narrative history at its finest, from the most ardent protector of our heritage.

©2019 Simon Jenkins (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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Excellent - another tour de force

I have found myself both returning to and quoting from this book as I walk the streets of a London. I have long felt like a tourist in this river full city, now I’m a better informed one.

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  • 10-01-20

Great general overview of London

This book was, as evidenced by the title, a very brief overview of London’s vast and remarkable history. If you’re looking for depth and instructional learning on any one period of London’s history, this is not the book. However, if you want a quick read and one that will give you plenty of impressive historical vignettes to bring up at dinner with clients or friends, I would highly recommend Simon Jenkins work.