By James Wyllie, Johnny Acton and David Goldblatt.
“Not many of us can claim to have dipped our handkerchiefs in Charles I’s blood after his execution or to have watched Versuvius erupt. but that’s about to change…”
I absolutely love this book! It takes you on a journey through time, where you get to stop off and observe The Great Exhibition in London, The Women’s March on Versailles in Paris and The Eruption of Vesuvius in Pompeii, plus 15 more moments in history.
The book is divided into 5 parts; Celebrations and Exhibitions, Moments that made History, Cultural and Sporting Spectaculars, Epic Journeys and Voyages and Extreme Events. This wide range of events means that there will definitely be something of interest for anyone.
The book is written in the second person, so it really does make you feel like you’re on a guided tour of the past. Each section gives you a detailed description of the event, what to eat and drink, what to wear, and where to stay.
I already love History, but I think this book is great for anyone, no matter how much or little you know about the past. It’s a great way to find out about daily life and how it hasn’t changed as dramatically as you think; graffiti was a common occurrence in Ancient Rome and King Henry VIII loved a good fancy dress party as much as the next man.
The authors, or ‘the WAG Time Travel Agency’ as they like to call themselves, are all Historians so the book has a good foundation of fact, but still makes an interesting and fun read. I’ll certainly be picking this one up time and time again.
Go on, give it a read!