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Eternally stressed and forever curious, Isabella chicken (1831-1904) travelled the realm searching for new reports, yet by no means extra delightfully than in her pony-bound adventures within the Colorado Territory at a time whilst it used to be basically notionally below the keep watch over of the yankee gurus. A vanished international of grizzly hunters, cowboys, remoted cabins and plagues of rattlesnakes is the following fantastically introduced again to lifestyles. nice trips permits readers to shuttle either round the planet and again in the course of the centuries – but additionally again into principles and worlds scary, ruthless and vicious in several methods from our personal. Few studying reports can start to fit that of attractive with writers who observed unbelievable issues: nice civilisations, partitions of ice, violent and implacable jungles, deserts and mountains, multitudes of birds and flora new to technological know-how. examining those books is to work out the realm afresh, to rediscover a time while many cultures have been rather unusual to one another, the place legends and tales have been handled as proof and within which rather a lot used to be nonetheless to be stumbled on.

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Richard III Richard, shown in this 16th-century painting, became king during the Wars of the Roses: a bitter struggle for power between two factions of the royal family – the houses of York and Lancaster. Two clergymen look on in horror at Becket’s murder. John Wycliffe (1329–84) This painting by Ford Madox Brown (1821–93) shows Wycliffe with the Bible he translated into English to make it accessible to everyone. 1314 Scots defeat English at the Battle of Bannockburn (see p482) 1282–3 Edward I conquers Wales 1300 1348 Europe’s 1387 Chaucer starts writing the Canterbury Tales (see p186) population halved by Black Death 1350 1296 Edward I invades Scotland but Scots resist stoutly Castle Life Every section of a castle was allotted to a baron whose soldiers helped defend it.

Come in various shapes. were often small in cold areas. Windows is surfaced with tiles. The roof Weatherboard houses were Bay windows built chiefly in southeast England in the 18th and 19th centuries; the timber boarding acted as cladding to keep out the cold and rain. add light and space. is made from reeds or straw. 33 The roof is made from slabs of Lake District stone. Type of stone used depends on locality. In Cumbria blue-grey Pennine stone was used. BUILDING MATERIALS The choice of materials depended on local availability.

Paul McCartney was knighted in 1997. 31 32 I N T R O D U C I N G G R E A T B R I T A I N Rural Architecture For many, the essence of British life is found in villages. Their scale and serenity nurture a way of life envied by those who live in towns and cities. The pattern of British villages dates back some 1,500 years, when the Saxons cleared forests and established settlements, usually centred around a green or pond. Most of today’s English villages existed at the time of the Domesday Book in 1086, though few actual buildings survive from then.

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