Bloody British History Derby
Paul Sullivan (Author)
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DescriptionYou'll find no pretty parades of princes or benevolent industrialists here. This is Deadly Derby, caught red handed - a city built by the Romans over the dead bodies of Britons; trashed, burnt and reinvented by the Vikings; bludgeoned into a Dark Age den of vice by the Saxons; razed once again by the Normans; and simmering with murder, slavery, wickedness and profanity ever since. Heretics roasted throughout the sixteenth century; plague decimated the population at whim in the seventeenth century; and in the eighteenth a new form of malevolence arrived with slave-devouring factories and industrialists. Invading Scottish Jacobites in 1745 were the least of Derby's worries - murder and violent crime were riding high from the outset, and the city slums bred all imaginable forms of vice and desperation. All rounded off with heavy bombing in World War II. Welcome to the real Derby!
The History Press Ltd
1 November 2011
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