A History of the British Nation
by AD Innes, 1912, published by TC & EC Jack, London
ABOUT THE BOOK
- 976 pages
- 408,000+ words (give or take a few)
- 430 drawings and maps, most from contemporary sources
- by AD Innes, "sometime scholar of Oriel College, Oxford, author of 'England under the Tudors', 'England's Industrial Developent', etc."
I was poking about in a musty old second-hand bookshop in Calgary, Canada, several decades ago, when a VERY large leather-bound book caught my eye. As soon as I opened the book I knew I had to buy it. Its a brilliantly written book, an incredibly comprehensive look at the vast panopoly of British history both domestic and foreign. Bear in mind as you read that the author, Mr. AD Innes, is writing before the First World war, at a time when no-one really envisaged an end to the British Empire or a diminishing role for Britain on the world stage. It really is a period-piece - the author's views may not be politically correct by modern standards, but it is worth reading as a wonderful insight into British attitudes in the years leading up to the First World War.
Since it is now more than 70 years since Mr Innes's death in 1938, we can share the complete text of this book with Britain Express readers.
PUTTING THE BOOK ONLINE
In order to put this delicious book online, I had to photograph each page, then run it through special OCR (optical character recognition) software to turn the photo in text. I then photographed the individual illustrations and tried to make them look less yellowed with age. The hardest part of the process was breaking up the text into logical chunks; Mr Innes wrote long chapters, in the style of the times. These chapters read very well in the original book format, but don't always make for specific, focussed articles on a single topic, as we are used to online. I've done my best to break up the long streams of text into shorter articles. I've also added section headings in an attempt to make the long sections of text more reasonable to scan.
If you discover gaps in the text, or odd 'words' that the OCR software mangled, please let me know and I'll correct it!
MAIN HISTORY NAVIGATION
Prehistory - Roman
Britain - Dark Ages - Medieval
Britain - The Tudor Era - The
Stuarts - Georgian Britain - The Victorian Age
Name the Historic attraction
British Heritage Awards
British History Quiz
This Benedictine monk and scholar succeeded Lanfranc as Archbishop of Canterbury in 1093
He was exiled by William II but recalled by Henry I, who then exiled him again
His feast day is 21 August
This Day in British History
30 August, 1720
Birth of Samuel Whitbread
Whitbread founded Whitbread's brewing company in 1842 and later became a politician
This king was deposed by his wife, Isabella of France
The king's favourites included Piers Gaveston and Hugh Despenser
He was murdered at Berkeley Castle in 1327