England From a Side-Saddle: The Great Journeys of Celia Fiennes

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A unique travelogue that follows in the footsteps of the remarkable Celia Fiennes. In 1697, a 35-year-old woman mounted her horse and set off on a 3,000-mile journey which over two summers would take her to every county in England. Her name was Celia Fiennes.

It was a time when women didn't do such things, as it could be gruelling, unhealthy and dangerous. As she herself discovered, most roads were unsigned, marshy tracks; lodgings could be filthy and lice-ridden; and highwaymen waited in woods for the unwary. She kept a detailed diary about the places she saw and the people she met, and what she tells us is significant.

The Industrial Revolution would soon change England forever. And yet this remarkable woman and her story have, until now, been largely neglected. In England From a Side-saddle, historian and journalist Derek Taylor seeks to put that right.

As he follows the route Celia Fiennes took, we see through her eyes an England of 320 years ago, and learn of the courage, determination and curiosity of one woman who was centuries ahead of her time. AUTHOR: Derek J. Taylor is a best-selling history writer and former international TV news correspondent.

He studied law and history at Oxford before joining Independent Television News of London. As an on-screen correspondent, he reported from Northern Ireland, Rome, South Africa and the United States, and became ITN's first Middle East correspondent. He is the author of Who do the English Think They Are (THP, 2017) and Fayke Newes (THP, 2018).

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Manufacturer/Publisher: History Press
Binding: Paperback
Author: Derek Taylor

SKU: 9781803993591