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The Making of the British Landscape I would have loved to have given this 5 stars as it is such an interesting readable book It whetted my appetite to visit so many places The last two chapters are a badly written rant however and this lets the book down This stream of consciousness grumpy old man section should have been cut before publication Then it would have merited 5 easily Comprehensive and excellent book on landscape and historyI saw this as an update to Prof WG Hoskins' much loved and much read Making of the English Landscape but it's considerably than that There is plenty here if you are interested in this subject as I am It is certainly comprehensive and well researched and takes a modern and developed view of landscape and history as a practical and everyday subject I like this book a lot but there's certainly plenty of it and I have chipped away gradually and read it all It will certainly make me visit uite a few new places I guess you would have to be something of a history nerd and probably British to have any interest in this tome but Pryor writes a detailed highly readable and engaging history of the British landscape I have to say that I found the prehistory chapters of the book and prehistory is Pryor's speciality to be particularly interesting I have not really taken that much interest in it before partly I suspect since there is less obvious evidence of it on the ground and of course no written historical record However if one knows where to look and what to look for I was surprised too at the number of barrows and standing stones on the British landscape; people tend to uite naturally focus on Stonehenge and Sutton Hoo and forget that there are so many stones henges and barrows off the international tourist trail I also enjoyed reading about the so called Dark Ages and how misleading that term is The later chapters regarding modern farming climate change and house building for an ever growing population made uncomfortable reading The planet is essentially stuffed and the British Isles will be getting smaller in the not too distant To sum up a fascinating read I will definitely be adding further Pryor tomes to my to read list Read this book to understand better the relationship between man the landscape communities and economies Living in Australia is very individualistic Driving about in cars everywhere expected to chase jobs around the country to end up living miles away from where you grew up and from family I feel a disconnection between each other and the landscape This detailed book was a slug but it was a wonderful history of man coming together to form communities and build economies told through the transformation of the landscape This is the changing story of Britain as it has been preserved in our fields roads buildings towns and villages mountains forests and islands From our suburban streets that still trace out the boundaries of long vanished farms to the Norfolk Broads formed when medieval peat pits flooded from the ceremonial landscapes of Stonehenge to the spread of the railways evidence of how man's effect on Britain is everywhere In The Making of the British Landscape eminent historian archaeologist and farmer Francis Pryor explains how to read these clues to understand the fascinating history of our land and of how people have lived on it throughout time Covering both the urban and rural and packed with pictures maps and drawings showing everything from how we can still pick out Bronze Age fields on Bodmin Moor to how the Industrial Revolution really changed our landscape this book makes us look afresh at our surroundings and really see them for the first time Dull dull dull Pryor is incapable of writing a truly interesting sentence He kills his subject This is one of those books like the Cloud Spotters Guide or Earth by Richard Fortey that makes you see familiar things afresh It presents the history of Britain not as a series of dynasties or invasions but as an unbroken continuum of ordinary people in the landscape from the bronze age right up to the present day As long as you don't mind the less objective tone of the chapters covering the 20th century this is well worth a look I would recommend this to anyone who really doesn't know much about archaeology or landscapes of Britain I ploughed through it and mostly thought it was very well written and interesting learnt tons I didn't know and put a lot in contextit took a long time but i enjoyed reading it in patches Love anything by Francis Pryor If you are interested in Britain andor archaeology and history he's a must read author GREAT GREAT BOOK Dry and uncompelling


About the Author: Francis Pryor

Francis Manning Marlborough Pryor MBE born 13 January 1945 is a British archaeologist who is famous for his role in the discovery of Flag Fen a Bronze Age archaeological site near Peterborough and for his freuent appearances on the Channel 4 television series Time TeamHe has now retired from full time field archaeology but still appears on television and writes books as well as being a work


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