By Robert Lacey
From William and Mary to Watson and Crick, Robert Lacey's ultimate quantity of serious stories from English heritage bargains up the main stirring English tales of the previous couple of centuries. those are the years during which nice Britain got here into being and the British Empire reached its zenith. also they are years of serious technological advances – from the seed drill to the spinning jenny and the locomotive – and of leaps and limits in political and ethical philosophy.
In his trademark kind, Lacey tells the stories that formed a country, revisiting a few of England's such a lot memorable personages: mad King George III, Samuel Johnson, Captain cook dinner, Victoria and Albert, Charles Darwin, and Winston Churchill. along them, Lacey introduces a few lesser identified ancient figures: the feminist crusader who used to be trampled by means of the king's racehorse, for example, or the wife-murdering health care professional who used to be tripped up via the recent know-how of telegraphy. Royal households and well known scientists, highwaymen and battle heroes – via unforgettable characters, the main pivotal moments of recent English historical past unfurl.
This is background with velocity, punch, and character. Robert Lacey's pinpoint accuracy in examine is matched through his unerring intuition to unearth the tales in the back of the headlines of historical past – tales that, with this quantity, see the end result of his energetic, magisterial, and occasionally mischievous trilogy of England's historical past.