Vanished Kingdoms: The History of Half-forgotten Europe

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Penguin, 2012 - Europe - 830 pages
From Norman Davies, the acclaimed author of Europe: A History, comes the magical history of Europe's lost realms, selected as a Book of the Year by the Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph, New Statesman, Independent, Guardian and Financial Times.

Europe's history is littered with kingdoms, duchies, empires and republics which have now disappeared but which were once fixtures on the map of their age. What happened to the once-great Mediterranean 'Empire of Aragon'? Where did the half-forgotten kingdoms of Burgundy go? Which current nations will one day become a distant memory too? This original and enthralling book peers through the cracks of history to discover the stories of lost realms across the centuries.

'Dazzling, provocative and brilliant' Dominic Sandbrook, Sunday Times, Books of the Year

'A luminous account ... there are few better ways of understanding the multilayered splendours and horrors of Europe's past than through the pages of this wise, humane and unfailingly engaging book' John Adamson, Sunday Telegraph

'Vanished Kingdoms is great history and also great art. It is written with verve, passion and profound empathy' David Marquand, New Statesman, Books of the Year

'A magnificent achievement. Brocaded with scholarship, the book is unlikely ever to be equalled' Ian Thomson, Independent

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User Review  - expatscot - LibraryThing

An excellent book and one that I'd give 4.5 to if I could, dropping the half just because you have to have an interest to value it. Opinionated, impressively researched and excellently written this is ... Read full review

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Holy crap, I finished it! It took me two months, but I did it. (To be fair, I had a 'few' things going on, and finished a few other books over the same period.) This book is dense. It really is. But ... Read full review

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Norman Davies was for many years Professor of History at the School of Slavonic Studies, University of London. He is the author of the acclaimed Vanished Kingdoms- The History of Half-Forgotten Europe (2011) and the Number One bestseller Europe- A History (1996). His previous books, which include Rising '44- The Battle for Warsaw (2003), The Isles- A History (1999) and God's Playground- A History of Poland (1981), have been translated worldwide. From 1997 to 2004 he was Supernumerary Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford; he is now Professor at the Jagiellonian University at Krak w, and an Honorary Fellow of St Antony's College, Oxford. He is also a Fellow of the British Academy. He lives in Oxford and Krak w.%%%Norman Davies is the author of the No 1 best-seller Europe- a History (1996), Microcosm- Portrait of a European City (with Roger Moorhouse) and Rising '44- the Battle for Warsaw (date). From 1997-2006 he was Supernumerary Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford; he is now Professor at the Jagiellonian University at Cracow, an Honorary Fellow of St Antony's College, Oxford and a life member of Clare Hall and Peterhouse, Cambridge. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, and lives in Oxford and Cracow.%%%Norman Davies was for many years Professor of History at the School of Slavonic Studies, University of London. He is the author of the acclaimed Vanished Kingdoms- The History of Half-Forgotten Europe (2011) and the number one bestseller Europe- A History (1996). His previous books, which include Rising '44- The Battle for Warsaw (2003), The Isles- A History (1999) and God's Playground- A History of Poland (1981), have been translated worldwide. From 1997 to 2004 he was Supernumerary Fellow of Wolfson College, Oxford; he is now Professor at the Jagiellonian University at Krak w, an Honorary Fellow of St Antony's College, Oxford. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, and lives in Oxford and Krak w.

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