Visitors' Historic Britain: Somerset (Kindle)
Stone Age to WWII
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Every inch of legendary Somerset is steeped in history, from the towns of Dunster and Taunton in the west, to those of Shepton Mallet and Frome in the east; while also contained within its county boundaries are the cities of Bath and Wells and the mystical and magical Isle of Avalon: Glastonbury.
The county, located in southwest England and part of the Ancient Kingdom of Wessex, has played a significant role in many of the nation’s most formative events. These include the Roman occupation, Alfred the Great’s rise to power, the English Civil War and the Monmouth Rebellion.
And all this epoch-making activity has been played out against a landscape of dramatic and breath-taking beauty, from vast tracts of land such as Exmoor, hill ranges such as Mendip and Blackdown and an abundance of incredible rivers, lakes and streams; many situated within the famous Somerset Levels.
Wordsworth, Coleridge and Austen, among many others, have immortalised the county in literature, while everyone from the Celts, Cavaliers and Saxons, to the Roundheads, Romans and rebels have fought over its sought-after resources.
The authors, both living in Somerset, guide you on a fascinating and illuminating trip into the past of this most historical and legendary of counties, which boasts among its attractions the last battle fought upon English soil, the scene of the Bloody Assizes and the final resting place of King Arthur.
There is a good selection of maps, photos and prints plus a bibliography. Of practical use in each chapter are the sections about notable historic places to eat and drink.Bristol and Avon Family History Society
I enjoyed this little book very much so that next year my wife and I are planning to visit a few of the places, stopping off for a couple of nights at a hotel and covering sites in that area we are interested in. As neither of us have been to Somerset before we thought it looked good enough for a visit, so that’s what we’re going to do. We don’t mind what historical period it covers, we’ll more than enjoy it. As for the book it is very good, all the information is clear and laid out well, there is a bit of history with each place, but not a huge amount but then I suppose they want you to visit and find that out, but a very good book overall. 4 out of 5 stars from me.UK Historian
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Latest volume in Visitors' Historic Britain series sees Mick Davis and David Lassman taking a look at the county of Somerset. Although my home county was Gloucestershire, and Somerset was next door, I don't recall venturing into Somerset except, perhaps, on a school day trip, so this packed volume is a welcome addition to my library, with Somerset steeped in legend, particularly that of King Arthus, one of my favourite possibly real characters from Dark Age Britain.Books Monthly