Not a Guide to York by Trish Colton

Not a Guide to York by Trish Colton

Published in 2012 by The History Press. ISBN 9780752480589.

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This small book by Trish Colton notes on the back cover that “this isn’t a guidebook”, and is instead more of a compilation of facts about the city. The book isn’t structured into sections any particular way, but this does have the advantage of allowing readers to dip into the different pages on ghosts, festivals, Archbishops of York, Stonegate and tens more other subjects. In a way that standard guide books might not achieve, the book also gives a broad indication of subjects relating to York, which might well pique the interest of a reader to a new aspect of the city’s history.

One interesting paragraph is in the section on the “Battle of Fulford”, and reads, “had our forces stayed within the city walls, the English army’s losses would have been substantially fewer – the city walls providing good protection. Harold would then have had a much larger army to fight the Battle of Hastings and, who knows, William might have gone back to Normandy licking wounds instead of being known to history as the Conqueror”. Like on so many other occasions, there are many different paths throughout history which so nearly could have ended up with very different results, and as one of the country’s most important cities over the centuries, York and the surrounding area has had an important role to play.