BOGNOR AND OTHER REGISES
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