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- DescriptionCornwall has its own language, culture, outlook and a powerful individuality. Its scenery is unique in Britain and to see a remotely similar countryside one must travel across the sea to ather Celtic bastion, Brittany It is also a place where reality is far more fascinating and diverse than popular images suggest. Hidden coves, where smugglers and wreckers lurked, and dubious Arthurian fantasies tend to dominate the visions of outsiders or 'up-country' folk; as a result, the real Cornish landscape and history have been strangely neglected by the general public. For this National Trust history guide ( 9.99), author Jack Ravensdale has provided a colourful and authoritative account of the Cornwall which holidaymakers so often miss. He describes its evolving landscape, the people who have laboured there over the centuries, and the remarkable portfolio of monuments which is their legacy. Indeed, Cornwall's heritage of prehistoric small tombs and circles could scarcely be surpassed. If, in contrast, the Roman endowment is meagre, the region possesses some intriguing medieval castles, several quite exceptional mansions, and an astonishing collection of industrial relics. Add to these a coastline that is the equal of any, and a folklore as rich and unlikely as can be, and the true nature of Cornwall begins to emerge.
- Author BiographyAfter completing his degree at Cambridge University, Jack Ravensdale became an adult education teacher with the WEA, covering north and mid Cornwall and living in Wadebridge and Minions. In the course of seven years he developed a close understanding of the creation of the Cornish landscape and he later maintained his contacts with the area with periodic visits to his numerous Cornish cousins. After leaving Cornwall he taught in Cambridgeshire, becoming Principal Lecturer in the History of the English Landscape at Homerton College and receiving a doctorate in 1972 from the University of Leicester where he had been working part-time in the Department of English Local History. In 1981 he retired from teaching in order to develop an expanding career as a writer. His scholarly study of a group of Fen-edge villages, Liable to Floods, won him the esteem of many professional historians and his subsequent book, History On Your Doorstep, became a bestseller.
- Author(s)Jack Ravensdale
- PublisherG2 Entertainment Ltd
- Date of Publication25/02/2016
- SubjectTravel & Holiday Guides: General
- Place of PublicationGravesend
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintG2 Entertainment Ltd
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight186 g
- Width178 mm
- Height254 mm
- Spine5 mm
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