By Linda Colley

How used to be nice Britain made? And what does it suggest to be British? This very good and seminal publication examines how a extra cohesive British country used to be invented after 1707 and the way this new nationwide identification was once nurtured via warfare, faith, alternate, and empire. Lavishly illustrated and robust, Britons is still a massive contribution to our knowing of Britain’s previous, and maintains to persuade ongoing controversies approximately this polity’s survival and destiny. This version includes an in depth new preface by means of the author.


“A sweeping survey, . . . evocatively illustrated and engagingly written.”—Harriet Ritvo, New York instances booklet evaluation


“Challenging, interesting, greatly good informed.”—John Barrell, London overview of Books


“Linda Colley writes with readability and grace...Her stimulating publication could be, and merits to be influential”—E. P. Thompson, Dissent


Linda Colley is Shelby M. C. Davis 1958 Professor of heritage at Princeton University.

Winner of the Wolfson heritage Prize

A New York instances Notable Book


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Some of the shot was noted as being carried on 28 packhorses, though an artillery of this size must obviously have required a great deal more ammuniton than that. Not surprisingly, the artillery train required numerous wagons carrying all the paraphernalia for supporting the gunners and guns. The artillery left Edinburgh in three sections between 18 and 20 August 1513, and the bigger guns were in position at Norham on the 22nd after covering some 50 miles - a remarkable feat, considering the poor state of the roads and the bad weather.

The admiral's whistle that hangs around his neck on a silver chain was not only a badge of office but was also used to convey orders and encourage the troops. His base skirt of red velvet is trimmed with the cinquefoils of the Hamilton family. 02: Seaman The attire of the sailor manning the swivel gun is based on items of clothing recovered from the Mary Rose. The doublet of tanned and tarred hide is loose-fitting to allow easy movement; it is decoratively slashed and 'pinked' on the torso, which adds flexibility to the leather.

Records state that the Scots deployed two cannon, one culverin moyane, one culverin bastard, one 'pas volent', and two other large pieces, as well as 20 small brass guns mounted on carts. Five hundred men were hired to serve them, to be led by a drummer and to rally under 'a painted banner of buckram'. However, when Arran decided to launch his attack on the English army he effectively negated his advantage in guns, since he had to leave the bigger pieces entrenched on the west bank of the river.

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