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Yorkshire: A Story of Invasion, Uprising and Conflict (Paperback)

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By Paul C Levitt
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 128
Illustrations: 20
ISBN: 9781526752550
Published: 4th September 2019


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This is a story about Yorkshire and its people, from the earliest period up to recent times. Foremost it is a story about invasion.

Archaeological finds have shown that Yorkshire was occupied at a time when early hunters from continental Europe were not supposed to have ventured so far north. Growing populations on the European mainland made Yorkshire’s fertile land and receding woodland a prime landscape for these first European farmers, and over time they would be followed by waves of invaders intent on pillage and land grabbing.

From the north and west came the Picts and the Scots, while the Romans, Angles and Vikings arrived via the River Humber. The Normans would be the last to invade and seek to dominate everything they saw. Each invasion would leave its stamp on Yorkshire’s culture and life, while battles would later be fought on Yorkshire soil during both the Wars of the Roses and the English Civil Wars.

More than just a romp through the ages, this book reveals the key places where battles were fought and Yorkshire history was made.

Paul Levitt succeeds in his goal of demonstrating that the county and its people have been shaped by invasions and turmoil. His account gives a vivid impression of the constantly rising and falling tide of political struggles, uprisings, and religious and social tensions that affected the development of Yorkshire and the lives of its occupants in the past, and leave their marks even today.

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History Hit, September 2019

This is a comprehensive history of the eventful and turbulent past of Yorkshire. The author has provided a concise text with illustration in a photo-plate section in a book that is offered at a very affordable price – Highly Recommended.

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Yorkshire: A Story of Invasion, Uprising and Conflict by Paul C. Levitt is a thoroughly enjoyable read that I’m definitely going to pass on to my dad – as a true Yorkshireman, he will love it! This book will be useful for anyone with an interest in Yorkshire and it history.

Fun and informative, it clearly demonstrates the reason we Yorkshire folk are said to have ‘grit’. I can highly recommend it!

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History The Interesting Bits, Sharon Bennett Connolly

Learn why Yorkshire has such an eventful and stormy past.

Bookseller Buyers Guide

A really good introduction to the history of Yorkshire, particularly it’s early development. It is not difficult to see why a determined self confidence emerged.

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About Paul C Levitt

Born into a military family in the historic market town of Beverley, East Yorkshire, Paul C. Levitt has always been intrigued by the past. He developed a keen awareness of Yorkshire’s rich heritage as a schoolboy and developed a particular interest in the medieval period. Yorkshire’s unique landscape and especially the North York Moors made a strong impression on him and to this day remains a magical place. He has written professionally on a wide range of subjects for the past 25 years.

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