The Field - - Country Estate Books -

That most mem­o­rable line of Ge­orge V’s, “Bug­ger Bognor”, may have con­ferred royal im­mor­tal­ity on the sea­side town but there are nu­mer­ous other places in Bri­tain where roy­alty has con­nived, clashed and car­ried on. Caro­line Tag­gart has set out to in­tro­duce the reader to these royal places, and she does so in chrono­log­i­cal or­der.

The book is split into sec­tions that match Royal houses; be­fore 1066; the Nor­mans; The Plan­ta­genet; York and Lan­caster; the Tu­dors, and so on. Not only does the book pro­vide in­ter­est­ing anec­dotes but the geo­graph­i­cal im­print left by cer­tain pe­ri­ods is rather fas­ci­nat­ing to be­hold. It points to where the cen­tres of in­flu­ence lay and the now sleepy back­wa­ters that har­boured crowned heads.

Some chap­ters fea­ture

‘while you’re here’ boxes, giv­ing ad­di­tional de­tails about the lo­ca­tion and hints on what to go and see. Part guide book, part his­tory, it’s a novel way to travel through our dense, his­tory-packed isle. And an en­light­en­ing one, at that.

By Caro­line Tag­gart AA Pub­lish­ing, £15

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