The Winchester Book of Days
Winchester is a uniquely historic city. For the first time, a day by day account is presented, providing a kaleidoscope of events. Winchester was an ancient capital of England and birth place of Henry III and Arthur, Henry VIII's elder brother; also a royal burial place (including of Kings Alfred, Canute, William II), clergy (St Swithun, and 'Soapy Sam' Wilberforce who challenged Darwin) and novelists (Jane Austen). The city features in both Hardy's and Conan Doyle's novels (Tess is hanged at Winchester and Holmes & Watson stay there). Lesser known people emerge in annals of the city, like Frederick Baker, who murdered 'Sweet' Fanny Adams, was tried and executed in 1867 - Winchester's last public hanging. It is also home to Winchester College (founded 1382) with alumni including bishops, prime ministers, Fascist and socialist leaders and media heavyweights. Winchester's historic past is shown in a new light in this book.
- Electronic book text | 368 pages
- 29 Feb 2012
- The History Press Ltd
- Stroud, United Kingdom
About Mark Allen
Mark Allen is a Senior Lecturer in History at Winchester University. His Phd was on the subject of Winchester in the nineteenth century. Tom Beaumont Jones is a native of Hampshire and Professor Emeritus of Winchester University. He is a fellow of both the Society of Antiquities of London and the Royal Historical Society.