York has a long and voluminous history which, to some, might be a little daunting. This important new book presents the history of this famous city in short, digestible, illustrated chunks designed to inform and entertain residents and visitors alike. What is more, it is published the year after York 800, a year long series of events which celebrated the 800th anniversary of King John’s pivotal charter, an event which has influenced York’s history since its signing in 1212. York A-Z will clarify and highlight the significance of events before and after the charter in this most historical of cities.
It is a book to dip into, to answer questions, settle arguments, arouse and satisfy curiosity while at the same time providing an authoritative and enjoyable history of York. Here you will meet Constantine, Ivar the Boneless, Guy Fawkes, Thomas Cooke, Francis Drake, Dr Slop, Napoleon Bonaparte, Mutton Curry and Blind Tom. You will visit Bitch Daughter Tower, the Bagnio, Bettys Briefing Room, the Ice House, the Poor Clares, Tyburn and the Doom Window. You will learn how the Rowntrees and Tukes were central to the industrial and social fabric of the city, indeed of the nation; why the railways converged on York, and the significance of York as an ecclesiastical and political centre, how William Etty RA, Dr Evelyn and JB Morrell helped save York from irreversible municipal vandalism. In short, an invaluable historical guide to the city of York explaining as it does the background to 2012’s Chocolate Festival, the staging of the Mystery Plays, the Queen’s visit for Royal Maundy, the Festival of the Rivers and Railfest.
Foreword by the Rt. Hon. the Lord Mayor of York, Councillor Keith Hyman.
Paul Chrystal is an author of more than twenty-five books and a broadcaster. Ten of his books are on York including A History of Chocolate in York and The Rowntree Family of York. He writes articles for national newspapers and regularly appears on the BBC World Service and BBC Local Radio. He is married with three children and lives near York.
Dimensions: 235 x 165 mm
Illustrations: 112 b/w photographs