|Pages/Publication Date:||416 / 2017|
Following Foundation, Tudors, and Rebellion, this fourth book in Peter Ackroyd's History of England series is a superb portrait of the "long 18th century," taking readers from William of Orange's accession in 1689 to the defeat of Napoleon in 1815. The Bank of England is founded, as is the stock exchange, and Parliament becomes the sovereign body of the nation. Newspapers flourish and the English novel is born, coffeehouses and playhouses boom, gin flows freely, and shops appear in towns and villages, even as England transforms from a country of blue skies and farmland to one of soot and steel and coal.
"Through it all, the author is a delightful guide. All chroniclers of popular history should be required to study Ackroyd's writing, his methodology, and the totality of his treatment of his subjects."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)