The Most Detailed Timeline of British History Ever!
A new book by non-fiction author, Christopher Lloyd, and What on Earth? illustrator Andy Forshaw, presents the complete story of Great Britain on a giant timeline. With over 1,000 captions and illustrations, readers are taken on a visually exhilarating journey through the ages: from the dinosaurs, the Battle of Hastings, Henry VIII’s Reformation, Oliver Cromwell’s Civil War, George Stephenson’s Rocket to the invention of the internet by Sir Tim Berners-Lee…and beyond!
Developed in conjunction with the National Trust, the What on Earth? Wallbook Timeline of British History is designed for all ages. A 2-metre long timeline unfolds to reveal all of the Kings and Queens, famous battles, the heroes of science, art and culture as well as iconic national buildings and monuments. Every moment is displayed in chronological order using beautiful illustrations, each one painstakingly drawn by What on Earth? illustrator Andy Forshaw. Newspaper-style reports provide a companion narrative with crosswords, letters-to-the-editor and a multiple-choice quiz. The finishing touch is a handy pocket magnifier making it ideal for curious children, parents and grandparents to enjoy together.
The Wallbook Timeline of British History is the sixth Wallbook in the What on Earth? series, the others being: Big History, Nature, Science & Engineering, Sport and Shakespeare. Inspired by ancient storytelling devices such as the Bayeux Tapestry and the Nuttall Codex, Christopher Lloyd has created a format which allows giant stories to be illustratively told in one go.
Lloyd says, “As children we are taught about historical moments in total isolation of each other. One week we are finding out how Stonehenge was constructed, the next about Sir Francis Drake’s circumnavigation of the globe, before jumping forward to life in a World War 1 trench! We then leave school with a detailed knowledge of lots of specific moments – but absolutely no idea when or how these events fit together to form our collective history.
“This book contextualises all of those key moments that, together, have shaped the story of Great Britain. At a glance, for instance, children can see what came before Thomas Becket’s murder, what came after, and what else was happening around the same time, giving them a broader and more complete understanding of the events and struggles that have created the Britain we live in today.”