Britain without a Crown
Her narrative brims with life, colour, humour and humanity A dazzling achievement, and I loved every page Dominic Sandbrook, Sunday Times In this ceaselessly fascinating account of one of the most epochal events in the countrys history, the deserved winner of the Pol Roger Duff Cooper prize, Anna Keay skilfully delves beneath the well-worn cliches about the Commonwealth and brings a time of quiet, uncertain and ultimately fruitless revolution to vivid life. It is hard to imagine a better examination of the Protectorat Alexander Larman, Observer This is an exceptional book about an exceptional time meticulously researched and deftly drawn character studies A triumph John Adamson, author of The Noble Revolt An exceptional feat of imaginative engagement. Never have the kingless years been made so vivid, and never has vividness contributed so much to the understanding of them. Keay has brought off an ingenious literary experiment An entrancing achievement Blair Worden, TLS Wonderful. Tells the story of how the British and Irish people came to be who they are Clive Myrie Deft, confident, deeply learned and provocative Rory Stewart [A] vivid panorama Keay conjures up with nuance and panache the single most fascinating decade in the history of Britain and Ireland, revealing it to be at once weirdly ancient and strangely modern Paul Lay, The Times Keay offers us a world turned upside down; but also a world made real. Thats a remarkable achievement Adrian Tinniswood, Sunday Telegraph ***** Readers both expert and casual will revel in seeing this period brought to noisy, brash, colourful [life] by the skilled pen of a natural storyteller Aspects of History
Dr Anna Keay OBE read history at Magdalen College, Oxford and has a Ph.D. from Queen Mary, University of London. Formerly Curatorial Director of English Heritage she is now Director of the Landmark Trust. She has published and broadcast widely on British history and buildings, with a particular focus on the 17th century. She is a Trustee of the Royal Collection Trust, a Visiting Professor at Birmingham City University and has an Honorary Doctorate from the University of East Anglia.