Peter Ackroyd Has Been Praised As One Of The Greatest Living Chroniclers Of Britain And Its People In Rebellion, He Continues His Dazzling Account Of The History Of England, Beginning With The Progress South Of The Scottish King, James VI, Who On The Death Of Elizabeth I Became The First Stuart King Of England, And Ending With The Deposition And Flight Into Exile Of His Grandson, James II.The Stuart Monarchy Brought Together The Two Nations Of England And Scotland Into One Realm, Albeit A Realm Still Marked By Political Divisions That Echo To This Day More Importantly, Perhaps, The Stuart Era Was Marked By The Cruel Depredations Of Civil War, And The Killing Of A King Shrewd And Opinionated, James I Was Eloquent On Matters As Diverse As Theology, Witchcraft, And The Abuses Of Tobacco, But His Attitude To The English Parliament Sowed The Seeds Of The Division That Would Split The Country During The Reign Of His Hapless Heir, Charles I Ackroyd Offers A Brilliant, Warts And All Portrayal Of Charles S Nemesis, Oliver Cromwell, Parliament S Great Military Leader And England S Only Dictator, Who Began His Career As A Political Liberator But Ended It As Much Of A Despot As That Man Of Blood, The King He Executed.England S Turbulent Seventeenth Century Is Vividly Laid Out Before Us, But So Too Is The Cultural And Social Life Of The Period, Notable For Its Extraordinarily Rich Literature, Including Shakespeare S Late Masterpieces, Jacobean Tragedy, The Poetry Of John Donne And Milton And Thomas Hobbes S Great Philosophical Treatise, Leviathan In Addition To Its Account Of England S Royalty, Rebellion Also Gives Us A Very Real Sense Of The Lives Of Ordinary English Men And Women, Lived Out Against A Backdrop Of Constant Disruption And Uncertainty.
Peter Ackroyd CBE is an English novelist and biographer with a particular interest in the history and culture of London Peter Ackroyd s mother worked in the personnel department of an engineering firm, his father having left the family home when Ackroyd was a baby He was reading newspapers by the age of 5 and, at 9, wrote a play about Guy Fawkes Reputedly, he first realized he was gay at the age Peter Ackroyd CBE is an English novelist and biographer with a particular interest in the history and culture of London Peter Ackroyd s mother worked in the personnel department of an engineering firm, his father having left the family home when Ackroyd was a baby He was reading newspapers by the age of 5 and, at 9, wrote a play about Guy Fawkes Reputedly, he first realized he was gay at the age of 7.Ackroyd was educated at St Benedict s, Ealing and at Clare College, Cambridge, from which he graduated with a double first in English In 1972, he was a Mellon Fellow at Yale University in the United States The result of this fellowship was Ackroyd s Notes for a New Culture, written when he was only 22 and eventually published in 1976 The title, a playful echo of T S Eliot s Notes Towards the Definition of Culture 1948 , was an early indication of Ackroyd s penchant for creatively exploring and reexamining the works of other London based writers.Ackroyd s literary career began with poetry, including such works as London Lickpenny 1973 and The Diversions of Purley 1987 He later moved into fiction and has become an acclaimed author, winning the 1998 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for the biography Thomas More and being shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1987.Ackroyd worked at The Spectator magazine between 1973 and 1977 and became joint managing editor in 1978 In 1982 he published The Great Fire of London, his first novel This novel deals with one of Ackroyd s great heroes, Charles Dickens, and is a reworking of Little Dorrit The novel set the stage for the long sequence of novels Ackroyd has produced since, all of which deal in some way with the complex interaction of time and space, and what Ackroyd calls the spirit of place It is also the first in a sequence of novels of London, through which he traces the changing, but curiously consistent nature of the city Often this theme is explored through the city s artists, and especially its writers.Ackroyd has always shown a great interest in the city of London, and one of his best known works, London The Biography, is an extensive and thorough discussion of London through the ages His fascination with London literary and artistic figures is also displayed in the sequence of biographies he has produced of Ezra Pound 1980 , T S Eliot 1984 , Charles Dickens 1990 , William Blake 1995 , Thomas More 1998 , Chaucer 2004 , William Shakespeare 2005 , and J M W Turner The city itself stands astride all these works, as it does in the fiction.From 2003 to 2005, Ackroyd wrote a six book non fiction series Voyages Through Time , intended for readers as young as eight This was his first work for children The critically acclaimed series is an extensive narrative of key periods in world history.Early in his career, Ackroyd was nominated a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1984 and, as well as producing fiction, biography and other literary works, is also a regular radio and television broadcaster and book critic.In the New Year s honours list of 2003, Ackroyd was awarded the CBE
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- Rebellion (The History of England, #3)
- Peter Ackroyd
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