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The spirit of Britain : a narrative history of the arts

Author: Roy Strong
Publisher: New York : Fromm International, 2000.
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"After telling the two-thousand-year-old history of the British isles in The Story of Britain, a book widely hailed as "an instant classic," Roy Strong now follows up with the story of the incredible burst of creative energy which has shaped Britain's cultural identity since Roman times. In a continuous unfolding narrative, Strong chronicles the events that gave birth to a civilization of astonishing vitality as it  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Strong, Roy C.
Spirit of Britain.
New York : Fromm International, 2000
(OCoLC)623219558
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Roy Strong
ISBN: 0880642157 9780880642156
OCLC Number: 43076840
Description: xi, 708 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm.
Contents: Prologue : fairest isle --
Pax Romana --
Through a glass darkly --
The twelfth century renaissance --
Castles, cathedrals and abbeys --
Faith, reason and light --
Camelot --
A medieval patron : William of Wykeham --
Purchasing paradise --
Magnificence --
End of an era : Thomas, Cardinal Wolsey --
Classical interlude --
A cultural revolution --
Dynasty --
The faerie queene --
All the world's a stage --
Removed mysteries --
The virtuoso : Thomas Howard, Earl of Arundel --
Isolation The mechanistic universe --
Apocalypse now --
Pomp and circumstance --
The crown eclipsed --
The rule of taste : Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington --
Babylon --
The grand tour and after --
Forging a culture --
Sensibility --
'A little gothic castle' : Horace Walpole --
Light north of the border --
Revolution, reaction and romance --
A new nation --
Albertopolis : the Prince Consort --
Land of hope and glory --
Fragmentation --
Consensus arts --
Lord civilisation : Kenneth Clark --
Epilogue : consumer Culture.
Responsibility: Roy Strong.

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"After telling the two-thousand-year-old history of the British isles in The Story of Britain, a book widely hailed as "an instant classic," Roy Strong now follows up with the story of the incredible burst of creative energy which has shaped Britain's cultural identity since Roman times. In a continuous unfolding narrative, Strong chronicles the events that gave birth to a civilization of astonishing vitality as it created a culture of soaring splendor. Here he tells the story of all that is best in Britain's art and culture - its literature and music, its poetry, painting, architecture, theater, and dance. In Sir Roy's hands the tale becomes a journey of discovery from the Celts to the present day, to be shared and understood by modern readers." "Strong's story is marked by a vision which singles out the uniquely British qualities that have put their stamp on the island's culture - its love of tradition, its predilection for the eccentric and the nonconformist, and its obsession with people, rather than ideas."--BOOK JACKET.

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