An Evening with Francis Pryor, BBC Television Presenter
Thursday 14 April 2011
19:30 - 21:30
Francis Pryor, BBC Televison Presenter, discusses and signs his new book, The Making of the British Landscape (Penguin, £14.99). The Making of the British Landscape is the changing story of Britain from prehistory to the present day, as it has been preserved in our fields, farms, roads, buildings, towns and villages, mountains, forests and islands.
Men were hunting reindeer across Northamptonshire long before Britain became an island. Human relationships, patterns of trade and commerce, religion, warfare and politics have had an enormous effect on the making of its landscape ever since. From the undulating folds left by the three-field system, to the Norfolk Broads (formed when medieval peat pits flooded), from the ceremonial landscapes of Stonehenge to the spread of the railways - evidence of man's effect on Britain surrounds us. In The Making of the British Landscape, eminent historian, archaeologist and farmer, Francis Pryor explains how these clues interlock to tell the fascinating history of our land and how people have lived on it. Tickets (£4, refundable if the book is purchased on the evening) will be on sale in the new year.
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