The History of York From Earliest Times to the Year 2000 edited by Patrick Nuttgens

The History of York From Earliest Times to the Year 2000 edited by Patrick Nuttgens

Published in 2001 by The Blackthorn Press. ISBN 0953507289. Out of print.

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This 400 page hardback book is split into nine sections, all by different authors and each covering a different time period. The sections are:

Roman York by Patrick Ottaway

Anglo-Saxon and Viking-Age York by Richard Hall

Early Medieval York by Chris Daniell

Later Medieval York by Barrie Dobson

Tudor York by Claire Cross

Seventeenth Century York by WJ Sheils

Eighteenth Century York by Alison Sinclair

Nineteenth Century York by Edward Royle

Twentieth Century by Patrick and Bridget Nuttgens

The book is useful given that experts in each period have contributed to it, and the book is a useful reference book across such a long time period, although the styles of each writer do vary somewhat, so inevitably it doesn’t have the same consistency as if it had been written by the same author.

On a slight negative, given that the book is quite professional in its intent, there are a number of spelling mistakes, and a bizarre line about how the Baedecker (sic) raids were “imposed on German towns of historic or tourist importance”, when the raids were actually on British cities. Indeed, the final chapter is possibly the most disappointing, a rather jumpy chapter which has a surprisingly small coverage of the Second World War.

Overall however this is an interesting book, which provides a solid introduction to the history of the York from over the last two centuries.