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  • Published: 20 October 2020
  • ISBN: 9780241985359
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 432
  • RRP: $22.99

A Short History of London

The Creation of a World Capital




Following his bestselling short histories of England and Europe comes the final in the trilogy: LONDON

LONDON: a settlement founded by the Romans, occupied by the Saxons, conquered by the Danes and ruled by the Normans. This unremarkable place - not even included in the Domesday Book - became a medieval maze of alleys and courtyards, later to be chequered with grand estates of Georgian splendour. It swelled with industry and became the centre of the largest empire in history. And rising from the rubble of the Blitz, it is now one of the greatest cities in the world.

From the prehistoric occupants of the Thames Valley to the preoccupied commuters of today, Simon Jenkins brings together the key events, individuals and trends in London's history to create a matchless portrait of the capital. Based in part on his own witness of the events that shaped the post-war city, and with his trademark colour and authority, he shows above all how London has taken shape over more than two thousand years. This is narrative history at its finest, from the most ardent protector of our heritage.

  • Published: 20 October 2020
  • ISBN: 9780241985359
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 432
  • RRP: $22.99

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Praise for A Short History of London

Accessible, clear and readable

Rowan Moore, Observer

Vivid and deeply well-informed

Charles Saumarez Smith, Professor of Cultural History, Queen Mary University of London and former Chief Executive of the Royal Academy

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