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Remote Islands and Mystic Shores of Ireland and Britain

Program Number: 20989RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/15/2013 - 8/30/2013;
Duration: 15 nights
Location: England/Ireland/Scotland
Price starting at: $4,173.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Cruises Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 41; 13 Breakfasts, 14 Lunches, 14 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt; Gluten Free    

Discover the Ireland of the imagination — of the ancient language still spoken, of wind-swept cliffs, of mythical giants, of burial tombs — as you circumnavigate the Emerald Isle and make land at intimate ports and remote isles in the British Sea. Journey to the Skelligs, the Hebrides, the Aran Islands, the Isles of Scilly and more to see how what really exists is even more fascinating than legend.




Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles per day; some uneven and hilly terrain.



Itinerary At-a-Glance

Portsmouth (England), 2 nights; aboard Minerva, 11 nights; London, 1 night.



Day 1: Overnight flight from the U.S.A.


Days 2-4: Arrival London / coach to Portsmouth / embark Minerva:

Learn about Portsmouth Historic Dockyard , take a harbor boatride, and visit the National Museum of the Royal Navy. Take a field trip to the D-Day Museum to see its extensive collection of maps, uniforms, vehicles and other artifacts. Lodging: Comfortable hotel.



Days 5-6: At Sea / Dingle Peninsula:

Cross the Irish Sea and make land in the remote, wild and beautiful Dingle Peninsula. Learn about its well-preserved ancient monuments and early Christian church.



Days 7-8: Aran Islands and Killybegs:

Voyage past the magnificent Cliffs of Moher to anchor off Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands. Discover its ancient heritage, where Gaelic is still spoken. Then explore the stunning Donegal Peninsula and the Glencolumcille Folk Museum.



Days 9-10: Giants Causeway and Inner Hebrides:

Visit the Giant’s Causeway, renowned for its polygonal columns of layered basalt and the only World Heritage Site in Northern Ireland.



Day 11: Dublin:

Sail to Ireland’s capital city to learn about its Georgian heritage revealed in the architecture of Merrion Square, St. Stephen’s Green and Trinity College.



Days 12-13: Lundy Island and Isles of Sicily:

Enjoy an independent visit to peaceful Lundy Island before voyaging to the beautiful archipelago of the Isles of Scilly. Visit the sub-tropical Tresco Abbey Gardens.



Days 14-16: Sark / disembark / coach to London / departure:

Enjoy the tranquility of the tiny, car-free island of Sark. Then disembark and end your learning adventure with a field trip to Greenwich-National Maritime Museum, Royal College and Royal Observatory. Lodging: Four-star hotel near airport.



MV Minerva

This stylish, newly upgraded vessel is operated by a long-established British company and boasts a loyal following of British travelers. It offers its 350 passengers two restaurants plus al fresco dining, a cinema, two bars, a library/card room, a swimming pool, a gym and a sauna. The spectacular Orpheus Lounge provides panoramic views of your surroundings.


Meals and Lodgings
   Hilton Portsmouth
  Portsmouth, UK:England 2 nights
   MV Minerva
  At Sea, UK:England 11 nights
   Radisson Edwardian Heathrow Hotel.
  London Heathrow Airport, UK:England 1 night
 Hilton Portsmouth
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Modern hotel close to Portsmouth harbour.
  Ship Information: N/A.
  Contact info: Eastern Road
Farlington
Portmouth,  PO6 1UN UK:England
phone: +44 23 92 219111
web: www.hilton.com/portsmouth
  Room amenities: Plasma television, clock radio, tea and coffee making facilities. High-speed internet access (surcharge). Wake up calls.
  Facility amenities: Tradewinds Restaurant and Bar. Gym, Health Club, tennis courts. Hair salon. 24 room service. Safe deposit box at Front Desk.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior:  For additional pre and post program accommodations, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 MV Minerva
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: A new wrap-around panoramic Observation Lounge, the Orpheus Lounge and Bar, at the forward end of the Promenade Deck.
  Ship Information: Gross Tonnage - 12,449. Length - 437 ft Beam - 66 ft Draft - 19 ft Cruising Speed - 14 knots Passenger Decks - 6 Stabilisers - retractable fin 350 passengers 181 passenger cabin facilities
  Contact info: N/A
N/A,   UK:England
phone: +004723675678
web: www.swanhellenic.com
  Room amenities: All cabins have private facilities, air-conditioning (centrally controlled), TV and radio, vanity table/writing desk and chair, direct-dial telephone, hair dryer, binoculars and safe.
  Facility amenities: Choose to enjoy your Guest Speakers’ talks in the Darwin Lounge, the Orpheus or Livingstone Lounges or in the comfort of your cabin. You might be tempted to remain in the peaceful surrounds of the Orpheus Lounge at the top of the ship to admire panoramic views of passing wildlife, iconic coastlines or Minerva’s arrival in a new port. Relax in the informal Veranda or the conservatory-style Shackleton Bar with its comfortable cane chairs and potted palms, before taking a leisurely stroll around the expansive promenade deck to enjoy the fresh air. Hide away with a good book in the peaceful surrounds of the Library, where you may also enjoy a game of backgammon or fit the last piece in the jigsaw. Play a spot of Bridge in the Card Room, work out in the Gym or indulge yourself in the Salon Centre or with a relaxing dip in the pool on Promenade Deck. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are arranged on an open sitting basis and may be taken in the The Swan Restaurant or the Veranda. 44 Balcony cabins 100 Outside cabins (74% outside cabins including 23% balcony cabins) 2 Restaurants Orpheus Lounge Internet Lounge Livingstone Lounge Darwin Lounge Shackleton & Wheeler Bars 5000-volume Library/Card Room Boutique and Gift Shop Swimming Pool Gymnasium, Sauna and Spa Services Complimentary Launderette with Washers and Dryers Beauty Salon Medical Centre Telephone, Fax and E-mail Facilities TV, Hairdryer and Personal Safe in Every Cabin
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Radisson Edwardian Heathrow Hotel.
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Close to Heathrow Airport.
  Contact info: 140 Bath Road.
Hayes, Middlesex.,  UB3 5AW UK:England
phone: +44 20 8759 6311
web: www.radissonedwardian.com
  Room amenities: Air-conditioning. Direct dial telephone with personal number and voicemail, satllite TV and pay movies, in room safe. In room bar, iron and ironing board, tea and coffee making facilities.
  Facility amenities: Restaurant and bar. Complimentary wireless internet access, business centre, newsagents, health spa and fitness centre.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after:  For additional pre and post program accommodations, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
A light lunch is served in the Portsmouth hotel at 12:30pm. After check in, a welcome meeting and introductions will take place at 5:00pm. You will be staying at Hilton Portsmouth that night.
  End of Program:
After breakfast on departure day. Breakfast ends at 10:00am and check out is by 11:00am. You will be staying at Radisson Edwardian Heathrow Hotel. the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
No parking.
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Trains and buses available.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Portsmouth
  Nearest city or town:  Portsmouth.
  Transportation to site: Trains/coaches available. Trains leave London Waterlooo for Portsmouth every 30 minutes and take 1 hour 30 minutes. a single journey costs approx. GBP31. National Express coaches leave London Victoria coach station and take 1 hour and forty minutes. Single cost approx. GBP7.
  From End of Program
  Location:  London Heathrow Airport
  Transportation from site: Hoppa buses to Heathrow Airport terminals.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrive UK.
(Thursday, August 15)
   
 Lunch: In the hotel.
 Afternoon: Free time to check in and unpack. Welcome meeting and introductions in the hotel at 5:00pm.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
 In Transit: Arrive London. Transfer to Portsmouth.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Portsmouth
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2:
(Friday, August 16)
   
 Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Field trip to the Historic Dockyard Portsmouth, home to HMS Victory-Nelson's famous ship from the Battle of Trafalgar, the Mary Rose, HMS Warrior 1860, the National Museum of the Royal Navy, the Trafalgar Experience and interactive exhibition Bones of Oak and Iron.
 Lunch: In the Boathouse No 7 restaurant.
 Afternoon: The field trip continues with a boatride around the harbour.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Hilton Portsmouth
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Begin your shipboard adventure as you embark MV Minerva.
(Saturday, August 17)
   
 Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Field trip to the D-Day Museum and Overlord Tapestry. Portsmouth’s D-Day Museum is Britain’s only museum dedicated solely to covering all aspects of the D-Day landings in Normandy, France, on 6 June 1944. D-Day was a turning point in the Second World War, and a moment when the course of world events depended on the Allied troops taking part. The Museum’s centrepiece is the magnificent Overlord Embroidery. At 272 feet (83 metres) in length, this is the world’s longest embroidery of its kind, and the Twentieth Century equivalent of the Bayeux Tapestry. The Museum's unique and dramatic film show uses archive film to create a moving experience that captures the wartime atmosphere. Extensive displays of personal memorabilia, maps, uniforms, vehicles and other historic artefacts complete your visit to the D-Day Museum. Full size dioramas include the map room at the Allied headquarters at Southwick House, and a Horsa glider that has landed in Normandy. A real LCVP landing craft is on display, as is a rare Beach Armoured Recovery Vehicle (BARV) tank.
 Lunch: On board MV Minerva.
 Afternoon: Check into your cabin and relax or join in afternoon shipboard activities.
 Dinner: On board ship.
 Evening: Shipboard activities.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Lecture on Island Life.
(Sunday, August 18)
   
 Breakfast: On board ship.
 Morning: Swan Hellenic lectures at 9:30am and 11:30am. Shipboard activities. Perhaps have a quiet read in the Library, hear a guest speaker, use the gym, sauna or spa.
 Lunch: On board ship.
 Afternoon: Road Scholar lecture by Geoff Morgan. Wildlife at Sea-Sea and Shore brids , seals and Dingle's resident dolphin, Fungi. Shipboard activities. Welcome cocktail party.
 Dinner: On board ship.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Skellig Islands, Dingle Peninsula.
(Monday, August 19)

Note: Limited and easy walking, involving some steps.



   
 Breakfast: On board ship.
 Morning: Cruise past the Skellig Islands.
 Lunch: On board.
 Afternoon: Once described by the National Geographic Traveller as “the most beautiful place on earth”, the Dingle Peninsula has a plethora of green landscapes, rocky hills, long sandy beaches and staggering cliff edges. Enjoy a scenic drive along the peninsula with a photo stop at Slea Head, from where you can see the remote Blasket Islands, known as the last outposts of Europe. Continue the drive to visit the Gallarus Oratory, standing amid farmland and originally a place of worship for early Christian farmers of the area. Shaped like an upside-down boat, the simple dry-stone structure has remained waterproof and in near-perfect condition to the present day.
 Dinner: On board ship.
 Evening: Shipboard activities.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Blasket Islands, Cliffs of Moher and Inishmore of the Aran Islands.
(Tuesday, August 20)
   
 Breakfast: On board ship.
 Morning: Cruise past the Blasket Islands in the early morning.
 Lunch: On board ship.
 Afternoon: Cruise past the magnificent Cliffs of Moher to anchor off Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands. Discover independently the unique landscape and ancient heritage of the island and town where the native Gaelic is still spoken. There is limited transport on the island.
 Dinner: On board ship.
 Evening: Shipboard activities.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Killybegs and Glencolmcille Folk Park.
(Wednesday, August 21)

Note: Limited and easy walking, involving some steps. Hot and cold refreshments served.



   
 Breakfast: On board ship.
 Morning: Lecture TBC.
 Lunch: On board ship.
 Afternoon: From the fishing port of Killybegs, explore the stunning Donegal Peninsula. Enjoy a scenic drive to Glencolmcille folk village with a photostop at Malin Beg, a picturesque cove on the rugged Donegal coastline. The Folk Museum was opened in 1967 as a monument to Fr. James McDyer who came to the village in 1951 and set about promoting industry and providing better facilities in the parish. The museum depicts the lives of the people of south-west Donegal from 1750 to the 1900s, with a tea house, school house, Shebeen and reconstructed thatched cottages. Enjoy a homemade tea while local musicians regale you with some traditional Irish music.
 Dinner: On board ship.
 Evening: Shipboard activities.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: World Heritage Site The Giant's Causeway
(Thursday, August 22)

Note: Moderate activity with more walking, possibly including short steep inclines and steps.



   
 Morning: Located on a mile long peninsula, Portrush offers panoramic views over the Donegal Hills and Antrim Coast. Visit the Giant’s Causeway independently, renowned for its polygonal columns of layered basalt, and the only World Heritage Site in Northern Ireland. View the hexagonal basalt columns that run like giant stepping stones out into the sea – there are estimated to be approximately 40,000 basalt columns here. Also enjoy a photo stop at Dunluce Castle, a dramatic and picturesque ruin on a rocky headland.
 Lunch: On board ship.
 Afternoon: The afternoon is free to explore the pretty town of Portrush. A tender service will operate to Portrush during the afternoon. 5:00pm Road Scholar lecture with Geoff Morgan. Scottish Wildlife-Red deer, Golden Eagle, grouse and salmon. Man's historical influence on the landscape and it's present land use.
 Dinner: On board ship.
 Evening: Shipboard activities.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Oban and Arduaine Gardens.
(Friday, August 23)

Note: Limited and easy walking, involving some steps



   
 Breakfast: On board ship.
 Morning: The islands of the Inner Hebrides protect the town of Oban, on Scotland’s west coast. Visit Arduaine Gardens, a plantsman’s paradise perched on the sheltered coast overlooking the Sound of Jura. The 20 acre Arduaine Garden lies on the shores of Loch Melfort, dwarfed by the immensity of the landscape in which it is set. The garden was originally planted by James Arthur Campbell at the end of the 19th century and is now owned by the National Trust of Scotland. Delightful paths and trails lead you around the varied woodland areas, gardens and large ponds where you can see many different plants and trees from around the world flourishing in the warmth of the Gulf Stream. You can also enjoy wonderful views up and down the rugged coastline from the viewpoint.
 Lunch: On board ship.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a free afternoon to stroll through Oban independently before setting sail south past the Isle of Mull.
 Dinner: On board ship.
 Evening: Set sail past the Isle of Mull.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Ireland's capital, Dublin.
(Saturday, August 24)

Note: Moderate activity with more walking, possibly including short steep inclines and steps. Hot or Cold Refreshments Included.



   
 Breakfast: On board ship.
 Morning: Minerva sails south through the North Channel and into the Irish Sea to Ireland’s capital city, Dublin.
 Lunch: On board ship.
 Afternoon: Discover some of Dublin’s magnificent Georgian architecture on a guided walk beginning at Merrion Square. Stroll through the Square’s gardens, then past the National Gallery of Ireland to Leinster Square, past Government buildings to St Stephen’s Green. Continue on foot to Parliament Square, Nassau Street and through the grounds of Trinity College. In fashionable Grafton Street, relax and enjoy a drink in a typical Irish pub before some free time prior to returning to Minerva.
 Dinner: On board ship.
 Evening: Shipboard actiities.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Lundy Island.
(Sunday, August 25)

Note: Limited and easy walking, involving some steps.



   
 Breakfast: On board ship.
 Morning: Wander independently in this small village, visit the local Tavern or the small souvenir shop. If feeling a bit more energetic walk to the Old Lighthouse or on one of the many walking footpaths to view the spectacular scenery. Then cruise to the beautiful archipelago of the Isles of Scilly.
 Lunch: On board ship.
 Afternoon: Road Scholar lecture by Geoff Morgan at 5:00pm. An Island Medley. A look at the varied islands of Inishmore, Lundy, Tresco and Sark.
 Dinner: On board ship.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Tresco Abbey Gardens, Isles of Scilly.
(Monday, August 26)

Note: Moderate activity with more walking, possibly including short steep inclines and steps.



   
 Breakfast: On board ship.
 Morning: Tresco Abbey Garden is known throughout the world for the remarkable variety and beauty of the sub-tropical plants and flowers that flourish in the warmth of the Gulf Stream. Protected by walls and shelter belts the garden features plants from the Mediterranean to South Africa and Australia, New Zealand and South America. Cacti, date palms and flame trees flourish as do Bird of Paradise and Echium, Aeoniums and Strelitzia.
 Lunch: On board ship.
 Afternoon: Independent exploration. There will also be the opportunity to explore independently the gentle island of St Mary’s where the Star Castle fortifications were built following the threat of the 1588 Spanish Armada.
 Dinner: On board ship.
 Evening: Shipboard activities.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: The island of Sark.
(Tuesday, August 27)
   
 Breakfast: On board ship.
 Morning: Swan Hellenic lectures at 9:30am an 11:30am.. Enjoy an independent visit to this tranquil island where cars are banned and horse and carriage or bicycles are the local transport. Explore this tiny island, just 3 miles long and a mile and a half wide, discovering its rural landscape and its scenic 40 miles of coastline.
 Lunch: On board ship.
 Afternoon: Enjoy your final afternoon on board ship. 5:00pm Road Scholar lectuure with Geoff Morgan. The Attraction of Islands-why islands appeal to us.
 Dinner: On board ship.
 Evening: Farewell to Minerva.
   
Accommodations: MV Minerva
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Disembark. Royal Pavilion Brighton.
(Wednesday, August 28)
   
 Breakfast: On board ship.
 Morning: Morning transfer to Heathrow hotel via Brighton Royal Pavilion.
 Lunch: Taken in Brighton.
 Afternoon: The field trip and transfer continues.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Radisson Edwardian Heathrow Hotel.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15:
(Thursday, August 29)
   
 Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Hoppa bus to Heathrow terminals.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
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Suggested Reading List


Tresco Abbey Gardens


Author: Sue Lewington


Tresco Abbey Gardens


Author: Mike Nelhams


Lundy Island: Pirates, Plunder and Shipwrecks


Author: Brian French


Description: Lundy Island is a small speck of land in the Bristol Channel. Yet its maritime history far outweighs its small stature. It has been the refuge of pirates, a smuggler's hideaway, an impregnable fortress, and a convict settlement. It has boasted the tallest lighthouse in the U.K. and the most expensive shipwreck, the brand new battleship HMS Montagu which ran aground there in 1906. This book aims to present Lundy's maritime story, bringing together various sources and complementing them with the author's own photographs taken on visits to Lundy in 2010 and 2011 together with detailed maps of the location of vessels wrecked.



Lundy Island Through Time


Author: Simon Dell


Description: Lundy Island lies far out in the Bristol Channel, between the coasts of North Devon and South Wales. Its position makes it a natural fortress and an attractive refuge since man first inhabited this rocky but fertile outcrop throughout its piratical history up to the present day. Now owned by the National Trust it is a haven for wildlife both above and beneath the waves; cared for and managed by the Landmark Trust. This book explores the island using photographs, many of which have never or rarely been published before, looking at the buildings, the land and the very life and soul of this popular destination for birdwatchers, holiday makers or those simply seeking quiet and solitude. It will be of great interest to those who have come to know and love this beautiful island haven, just three miles long by half a mile wide.



Modern Ireland: 1600-1972


Author: Roy Foster


A Concise History of Ireland


Author: Marie O'Brien and Conor Cruise


Ireland: The Emerald Isle and its People


Author: Mark Morris and Anthony Cassidy


7 days in Dublin. The Ultimate short stay guide


Author: Shane Kennedy


A Guide to the Landscape of Ireland


Author: Frank Mitchell


For the Love of Ireland: A Literary Companion


Author: Susan Cahill (ed.)


Description: A rich anthology of writing about Ireland by such Irish luminaries as James Joyce, William Butler Yeats, Seamus Heaney, William, Trevor, Frank McCourt, Edna O'Brien, and Samuel Beckett. The well-chosen excerpts, organized by province, evoke in wonderful literary detail the geography of Ireland. Highly recommended for any traveler, the anthology is also a fine introduction to Irish literature.



Ireland's High Places: From Mountians to the Sea


Author: Rob Beighton


Description: Mountains have inspired men since time immemorial. Following his move to Ireland, Rob Beighton turned his lens to the magnificent scenery of Ireland s mountain landscape a unique mixture of rock, peat, soil and vegetation, with ever-changing weather and light. Often stunningly beautiful, this book takes you on a journey into these mountains, from majestic Mount Errigal in Donegal to Hungry Hill on the Beara Peninsula. Conveying the splendour and aura of these ancient hills, Rob s images of spectacular natural beauty vary from wide panoramic views of mountainscapes to small details of stone, water, flora and fauna. While some of the mountains are in National Parks, most are privately owned, some are well known to tourists, and others are remote and rarely visited. With a sharp eye and artistic use of light Rob reveals an often new and fresh beauty in our mountains. The result is a breathtaking book of mesmerizing images that will delight the thousands who visit Ireland s mountains.



Ireland, a Bicycle and a Tin Whistle


Author: D.Wilson


See Dublin on foot, an architectural walking guide


Author: Julie Craig


The Isles-A History


Author: Norman Davies


Description: The bestselling and controversial new history of the 'British Isles', including Ireland from the author of Europe: "A History". Emphasizing our long-standing European connections and positing a possible break-up of the United Kingdom, this is agenda-setting work is destined to become a classic. 'If ever a history book were a tract for the times, it is "The Isles: A History" ...a masterwork.' Roy Porter, - "The Times" 'Davies is among the few living professional historians who write English with vitality, sparkle, economy and humour. The pages fly by, not only because the pace is well judged, but also because the surprises keep coming.' Felipe Fern'ndez-Armesto, - "Sunday Times". 'A book which really will change the way we think about our past. marvellously rich and stimulating' Noel Malcolm, "Evening Standard". 'A historio-graphical milestone.' Niall Ferguson, - "Sunday Times" 'The full shocking force of this book can only be appreciated by reading it.' - Andrew Marr, "Observer". 'It is too soon to tell if [Norman Davies] will become the Macaulay or Trevelyan of our day: that depends on the reading public. He has certainly made a good try. This is narrative history on the grand scale - compulsively readable, intellectually challenging and emotionally exhilirating.' David Marquand, "Literary Review".





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