The Britannias

The Britannias: An Island Quest

British History
Hardback Published on: 19/10/2023
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The Britannias tells the story of Britain's islands and how they are woven into its collective cultural psyche. From Neolithic Orkney to modern-day Thanet, Alice Albinia explores the furthest reaches of Britain's island topography, once known (wrote Pliny) by the collective term, Britanniae. Sailing over borders, between languages and genres, trespassing through the past to understand the present, this book knocks the centre out to foreground neglected epics and subversive voices.

The ancient British mythology of islands ruled by women runs like a secret, hidden river through the literature of this land - from Roman colonial-era reports to early Welsh poetry, Renaissance drama to Restoration utopias - transcending and subverting the most male-fixated of ages. The Britannias looks far back into the past for direction and solace, while searching for new meaning about women's status in the body politic. Boldly upturning established truths about Britain, it pays homage to the islands' beauty, independence and their suppressed or forgotten histories.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780241669631
  • Number of pages: 512
  • Weight: 877g
  • Dimensions: 241 x 162 x 32 mm

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Things you probably never knew about the British Isles
This is a fantastic book, meticulously researched and incredibly enjoyable to read. Alice Albinia travels among all sorts of island communities around Brit... READ MORE