Rome's Greatest Frontier
Extending for 73 miles and built of more than 24 million stones, Hadrian’s Wall is one of the largest and most spectacular ancient monuments in Britain. This history of the Wall presents insights drawn from ancient texts and extensive archaeological researches to explain how and why it was built, how it affected the native peoples who lived in its shadow and what life was like for the soldiers stationed in its forts.
First Time Ever
Folk legend Peggy Seeger is the half-sister of American protest singer Pete Seeger but it is her marriage and collaborations with British activist and songwriter Ewan MacColl for which she is best known. In this memoir she reflects on her bohemian New York upbringing, left-wing politics and activism and the British folk scene of the 1950s and 1960s that she did much to nurture.
Unearthing Britain's Visionary Music
This musical survey examines the influence of traditional songs and a shared sense of British folklore on popular music. Beginning with the early song collectors and post-war revivalists, such as Ewan MacColl, the author traces how folk music has inspired some of the 20th century's most important artists from Fairport Convention and Nick Drake to Pink Floyd and Kate Bush.
London's Statues and Monuments
This illustrated guide to all outdoor statues and busts in Greater London examines the significance, the sculptor and the story behind each piece, from Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square to the many monuments that have been erected in the suburbs. This revised second edition also features sculptures added between 2012 and 2017, including the controversial memorial to Mary Seacole at St Thomas’s Hospital and the life-size statue of Amy Winehouse in Camden.
The Western Front
Battlefields, Memorials and Cemeteries of the First World War
In 2013 Marcel Belley and Tom Curry drove along the Western Front to photograph some of the war graves and memorials of the First World War. En route the pair recorded images of remnants of barbed wire, munitions and trenches, but their lenses focused mainly on the cemeteries created by the British and British Dominions, France, Belgium, Germany and the United States. The commentary includes discussion of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s decision not to repatriate remains.
Epitaphs of The Great War: Passchendaele
Inscriptions on the graves of the First World War dead were limited to 66 characters; a restriction that drove many to create compact, original and profound epitaphs, often relying on quotation or allusion. This book presents 100 headstone inscriptions for the dead of Passchendaele, giving details of the deceased, quoting the biblical or literary passages alluded to and explaining the contemporary meaning of the words, whether plain ‘He did his bit’, or the poetic ‘While the light lasts I shall remember. Georgina’.
Piping Traditions of the Inner Isles
of the West Coast of Scotland
Covering the Inner Isles of the West Coast of Scotland from Arran to Rassay, this volume for piping enthusiasts includes piping lore, notes on the nature and meaning of the tunes, and biographies of renowned 20th century pipers such as Andrew Macneil of Colonsay and the great Mackays of Raasay. 16pp b&w plates