The Northumbrians have been overlooked by British and global history, but they’ve made astonishing contributions to both. Dan Jackson sets out to recover this lost history, exploring the deep roots of Northumbrian culture - hard work and heavy drinking, sociability and sentimentality, militarism and masculinity - through centuries of border warfare and dangerous industry. He explains what we can learn about Northumbria’s people from its landscape and architecture and revisits the Northumbrian Enlightenment that gave the world the locomotive and the lightbulb. This story reaches right to the present day, as this extraordinary region finds itself caught between an indifferent south and an increasingly confident Scotland.
From the Venerable Bede and the prince-bishops of Durham to Viz and Geordie Shore, this vital new history reveals a part of England with an uncertain future, but whose people remain as remarkable as ever.
‘The best works of local history exert a fascination that transcends the merely local, and The Northumbrians is definitely one of the best.’ (The Sunday Times)
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Northumbrian as owt.
As a proud Northumbrian I don't care about the fact ya jumped all awa the place and mad nee sense at all. At least ya tried. And thats all that matters marra.
Canny though. Canny. Better than owt ah cudha dun.
Got nee reet wreetin' a review if am fair like.
- Mark Adamson
Interesting and insightful
An interesting and informative trip around Northumbria which is full of colour, written with an obvious affection for the area it is moving and witty by turns.
Very much recommended.