The late poet laureate, Sir John Betjeman, said that Edinburgh was the most beautiful city in Europe. Like some other great cities it is set on seven hills. But only one of these, Rome, rivals Edinburgh in matching the beauty of its setting with the stateliness of its buildings. A romantic landscape of sea and hills, broad vistas and hidden corners is embellished by a style of architecture combining stern classicism with antiquarian whimsy. Edinburgh, too, provides the backdrop to much of the dark drama of the Scottish past, but the 1,500 year history of the city itself deserves wider telling. Long ruled by a strait-laced professional bourgeoisie, Edinburgh never suppressed a livelier side, peopled by figures comic or brutal, eccentric or gruesome.
Michael Fry, who has lived and worked there for nearly forty years, provides a compellingly readable account of this great city, from the earliest times to the present, balancing Edinburgh’s cultural, political and social history, and shows how they have borne on one another. He draws on a wide range of new untapped archival sources, especially private papers and oral records, and paints a vivid a picture of the city of John Knox and James Boswell, of David Hume and Walter Scott, a city - that like Stevenson’s Dr Jekyll – is both dark and light, both ‘Auld Reekie’ and ‘the Athens of the North’.
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Michael Fry is a historian and writer who lives and has worked in Edinburgh since 1970. Since 1988 he has published seven books of Scottish history, each of which has overthrown some cherished myth. As a result Waterstone’s main bookshop in Edinburgh has a whole section devoted to the works of `Michael Fry, Scotland’s most controversial historian’.
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Descrizione libro MacMillan, 2009. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0230703860
Descrizione libro MacMillan. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0230703860
Descrizione libro MacMillan, 2009. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110230703860