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And Did Those Feet: Walking Through 2000 Years of British and Irish History

And Did Those Feet Walking Through Years of British and Irish History The landscape of the British Isles is filled with history much of which we miss as it flashes past the car window Do we even realise that we re following the same path as the Tolpuddle Martyrs or th

  • Title: And Did Those Feet: Walking Through 2000 Years of British and Irish History
  • Author: Charlie Connelly
  • ISBN: 9781408700846
  • Page: 246
  • Format: Paperback
  • The landscape of the British Isles is filled with history, much of which we miss as it flashes past the car window Do we even realise that we re following the same path as the Tolpuddle Martyrs, or that we re driving past the exact spot where King Harold was killed, shot through the eye with an arrow As a lover of both history and the British countryside, Charlie ConnellThe landscape of the British Isles is filled with history, much of which we miss as it flashes past the car window Do we even realise that we re following the same path as the Tolpuddle Martyrs, or that we re driving past the exact spot where King Harold was killed, shot through the eye with an arrow As a lover of both history and the British countryside, Charlie Connelly decided to rectify this, and set out on a series of walks that recreate famous historical journeys En route he retells the story of the original trip while discovering who and what now inhabit these iconic routes Walking in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales, Charlie journeys alongside Boudicca s ghost in Norfolk, relives Bonnie Prince Charlie s flight to Skye disguised as Flora MacDonald s maid and takes the same 32 mile round trip as the starving Louisburgh famine walkers He suffers broken toes, becomes trapped in the Scottish Parliament and encounters dead poets and a surprisingly high number of mad old women in woolly hats Told with Charlie s customary charm and wit, And Did Those Feet will reveal the historical secrets hidden in the much loved coastal, country and urban landscapes of Britain.

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    1. It's nothing new to walk in the footsteps of famous people and journeys. This was quite entertaining although some of the 'humour' was juvenile and unfunny. Connelly is a pretty decent writer and his observations as he journeys around the country, plus the history he gives us, is more than sufficient. I could have done without the silly asides.And did he really believe that Robert Burns had met the Bronte sisters? He certainly seems to have swallowed the tale. Burns was dead well before any of t [...]

    2. From the blurb, this book looked right up my street. I’ve recently discovered a thirst for history, and one man re-creating the journeys of famous historical figures looked like it was going to be a page turner. The author decides to walk from Norwich to St Albans as Boudica’s trail of destruction satisfies her hunger for revenge, then turns to King Harold’s tramp to Hastings where he famously lost his life in battle after being hit through the eye by a rogue arrow. Next we learn about Ola [...]

    3. The landscape of the British Isles is filled with history, much of which we miss as it flashes past the car window. Do we even realise that we're following the same path as the Tolpuddle Martyrs, or that we're driving past the exact spot where King Harold was killed, shot through the eye with an arrow? As a lover of both history and the British countryside, Charlie Connelly decided to rectify this, and set out on a series of walks that recreate famous historical journeys. I loved the other two b [...]

    4. An enjoyable amble through various by-ways of British history told with self-deprecating humour by the author who sets out on his trek from a Norwich Travelodge as an inexperienced walker but ends up covering all corners of the country. The initial gaucheness is a bit irritating at first but it soon gets into its stride as some random historical stories are vividly brought to life by retracing the steps of such characters as Boudicca, Mary Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie amongst others. [...]

    5. Spotted on Jo and Betties profiles and I like the sound of it.The book is humourous and a quick read, although I did find his moaning about the weather annoying. If you are going to go walking around Britain in October don't start moaning when it starts raining.i would also point out that Burke and Hare never robbed graves, the first body they sold died of natural causes the rest they murdered.

    6. I loved the premise of this memoir - a guy walks in the feet of ancients before him and tells interesting historical anecdotes, blended with his own observations. What I didn't love was a slightly geeky tone, and the sometimes bad jokes. All in all - mostly good.

    7. What a great book! It's true that I love history, but the author has a way of telling us about his journeys that makes us feel as if we were travelling with him, present and past. He's informative and he's funny. I'll certainly be looking for more books from Connelly.

    8. Another one I first listened to on audio book but have subsequently gone back and reread, I really enjoyed this book for a number of reasons. Charlie Connelly is a very gifted author in his ability to approach history and really bring it to life in a humorous and interesting manner. An easy comparison to make would be to call him a British Bill Bryson and their are certainly a number of attributes that the two share that make there works equally enjoyable. Such lazy comparison however does deny [...]

    9. I rather enjoyed Charlie Connelly's Attention All Shipping, his book about visiting all the areas in the beloved British shipping forecast. This write up of another history-and-travel project was regrettably pedestrian and not just because it was largely on foot. Although he makes clear that he has a genuine lifelong interest in history, I didn't really feel there was much passion here. He gets the job done, but I never really lost the feeling that this was more work than pleasure for him. Bill [...]

    10. This was a fun and informative book. Connelly follows in the footsteps (with only a few breaks on a bus or boat)of several famous historical figures. He traces Boudica's path to London, King Harold's journey from Stamford Bridge to Hastings, and several other interesting historical tours. Connelly is very funny, mixing in commentary about the modern sites/abominations he sees with his thoughts about the sense of history he encounters everywhere. I especially enjoyed the section about King Harold [...]

    11. Abridged audio. Fluffy pop-hist.Martin Freeman reads from Charlie Connelly's travelogue in which he recreates a series of famous historical journeys through the British Isles.A wittily told journey through time as the author walks a series of famous historical journeys, uncovering British heritage and discovering the contemporary landscape.Episode 1:----------Charlie traces Boudicca's rampage of vengeance, walking from Norwich to St Albans. Episode 2:----------Charlie goes in search of King Haro [...]

    12. Charlie Connelley retraces the path of journeys made by a number of memorable characters in British history, including Boudicca's rampage through eastern England, King Harold's march from Stamford Bridge to Hastings, the escape of Mary Queen of Scots from Loch Leven etc. The book is quite enjoyable, though there are a few factual errors. For instance, at one point Connelly talks about a meeting between Robert Burns and the Bronte sisters, which would hardly have been possible, seeing that Burns [...]

    13. I spent quite a bit of time screaming about OS maps when I first started reading this, luckily our intrepid author saw the light and was good enough to relate his conversion on the page. I found the history I was familiar with a tad simplistic, but that was more than made up for by the interest and sheer humanising empathy given to historic events and modern journeys. A treasure trove of anecdotes and windows of the soul to inspire a bit more study or a dusting off of walking boots. Also a good [...]

    14. This book has it all, a vengeful queen, a dwarf who was the king of man, battles with Vikings and Normans, a welsh uprising, a 16 mile walk by starving peasants, a cross-dressing Prince and a Scottish Queen who was also a football fan. The author manages to weave the stories of these people and walk their journeys across the British Isles whilst being funny, erudite and insightful. A cracking good read that had me belly laughing my way through it!

    15. I had enjoyed the author's Attention All Shipping: A Journey Round the Shipping Forecast, so was looking forward to this one, but I never really found myself getting into it, as much as through it. Really 2.5 stars, neither smashing, nor a complete waste, just sort of there.

    16. A very entertaining and informative book. It's not easy to make history fun. Very reminiscent of Bill Bryson. Author Charlie Connelly decided to retrace the footsteps of some famous events in British history, even though he was unfit and inexperienced at walking. He had some desperate moments, and some funny ones, and he weaves the story of his exploits in with the history he is trying to follow.Very readable, very clear, great fun. Even if you're not into history, highly recommended.

    17. An enjoyable book, Charlie Connelly just as funny as in his other books I've read. However, after the first couple of chapters, the walking seemed to take a backseat. There would maybe be one story in 100 miles of walk, he might as well have taken the train instead of walking. Also, a lot of the history seemed to be based on assumptions and guesswork, which is fine, some of this was ~1000 years ago. But the way it was packaged often made it sound like stone cold facts.

    18. A charming book where Charlie Connolly undertakes some famous walks. Walking in the footsteps of the likes of Harald (walking from Stamford Bridge to Hastings) and Olaf the Dwarf (around the Isle of Man).Charming, funny, and a delight to read for every fan of British history and walking.Highly recommended.

    19. A fun book. An interesting perspeective of an ex-pats return and his wandering around the lesser know spots of Britain highlighting our history. He even found the burrial place of the last Welsh Princess burried in Lincolnshire!

    20. Abridged audio on BBC 4 Extra read by Martin Freeman. A fun way to learn about famous journeys taken by important historical figures in British and Irish history. Really want to read the full version one of these days and I may have added some things to my bucket list after listening to this.

    21. I listened to this on audio book. Listening whilst I was cleaning or shopping and quite frequently found myself just standing and staring into space as I was drawn onto the walks in this book. A very good little read.

    22. I very good, informative look at British and Irish history. Charlie Connelly makes reading about history easy and is always humerous - this book has several laugh out loud moments!

    23. Connelly sets out to recreate famous walks from history. The book meanders along much as the author does himself. A bit of history combined with a travel journal. Funny in parts and a joy to read.

    24. Interesting book but was hoping for a read as fascinating as 'Attention all Shipping' and didn't absorb me as much.

    25. Disappointing after the Shipping Forecast. Not a particularly novel concept and quite lightweight. Not very funny either.

    26. Another Connelly ClassicInformative and well researched. Take a trip into history with this educated chap & learn more about our less well known parts of history.

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