“A TOUR DE FORCE . . . LONDON TRACKS THE HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH CAPITAL FROM THE DAYS OF THE CELTS UNTIL THE PRESENT TIME. . . . BREATHTAKING.”—The Orlando SentinelNow in a handsome new trade paperback edition, here is Edward Rutherfurd’s classic novel of London, a glorious pageant spanning two... show more
“A TOUR DE FORCE . . . LONDON TRACKS THE HISTORY OF THE ENGLISH CAPITAL FROM THE DAYS OF THE CELTS UNTIL THE PRESENT TIME. . . . BREATHTAKING.”—The Orlando SentinelNow in a handsome new trade paperback edition, here is Edward Rutherfurd’s classic novel of London, a glorious pageant spanning two thousand years. He brings this vibrant city’s long and noble history alive through the ever-shifting fortunes, fates, and intrigues of half-a-dozen families, from the age of Julius Caesar to the twentieth century. Generation after generation, these families embody the passion, struggle, wealth, and verve of the greatest city in the world.“REMARKABLE . . . The invasion by Julius Caesar’s legions in 54 B.C. . . . The rise of chivalry and the Crusades . . . The building of the Globe theatre . . . and the coming of the Industrial Revolution. . . . What a delightful way to get the feel of London and of English history. . . . We witness first-hand the lust of Henry VIII. We overhear Geoffrey Chaucer deciding to write The Canterbury Tales. . . . Each episode is a punchy tale made up of bite-size chunks ending in tiny cliffhangers.”—The New York Times
Publish date: October 29th 2002
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Pages no: 1152
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Adult Fiction
, Historical Fiction
, 20th Century
Just the kind of historical fiction I love. Lots of historical details about a city that I know well and limited romance elements. If I wanted a romance story I would have read a historical romance. When I read historical fiction, I want heavy historical details and a in-depth presentation of the ti...
Rutherfurd's style of taking us into a historic setting is different than anything I've seen elsewhere. He has a gentle tone, telling the story through a family that might carry on through generations, moving from one character to another as time passes. I found it an interesting way to observe th...
This novel had all the right ingredients to be my next favorite: English history, generational families, over 1,000 pages, and enough complexity to require a few pages of maps/diagrams at the beginning. Unfortunately, in the end I ended up feeling sort of underwhelmed by it. Maybe it is the fact tha...
I read and enjoyed Rutherfurd's Russka and didn't realize till near the end in what contempt he held his female characters, but by a few stories into this one it was unmistakeable. Now let me be clear: I'm not objecting to the lack of rights and opportunities women have in the distant time periods p...