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Thames: Sacred River (2007)

de Peter Ackroyd

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In Thames: the Biography, Ackroyd writes about connections between the Thames and such historical figures as Julius Caesar and Henry VIII, and offers memorable portraits of the ordinary men and women who depend on the river for their livelihoods. He visits all the towns and villages along the river, from Oxfordshire to London, and describes the magnificent royal residences, as well as the bridges and docks, locks and weirs, found along its 215-mile run. The Thames as a source of artistic inspiration comes brilliantly to life as Ackroyd invokes Chaucer, Shakespeare, Turner, Shelley, and other writers, poets, and painters who have been enchanted by its many moods and colors.--From publisher description.… (més)
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    The Historic Thames de Hilaire Belloc (John_Vaughan)
    John_Vaughan: Belloc extends his portrait up to the source, while Peter Ackroyd, covering the same geography, includes marvellous illustrations.
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    London: The Biography de Peter Ackroyd (John_Vaughan)
    John_Vaughan: Knowing and loving London means you have to know the Thames. Peter Ackroyd lovingly describes both with a deep knowledge of history.
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Author should be put in jail along with his book until he adds all the sources and citations. Until then copies of this book should be moved to the fiction section. Myths, speculation, facts, legends, hearsay, author's wild imaginings, drug induced hallucinations are all reported in the same way as if they had equal value. I've listened to drunks in pubs who sourced their material more transparently. ( )
  TeaTimeCoder | Dec 23, 2020 |
Niet het boeiendste boek over de Thames.
  roeimusem | Oct 18, 2020 |
I have always liked Peter Ackroyd’s writing and feasted on London: The Biography.

This however is disappointing. Full of facts, supposition, myth and mystery but thrown together in a mélange of stuff that lacks cohesion. What it lacks in structure it makes up for in bulk.

Never mind the quality, feel the width. ( )
  Ken-Me-Old-Mate | Sep 24, 2020 |
Early in Thames: The Biography the first post-Roman bridge is noted at being at York in the eighth century; we know this from church records stating that a witch was thrown from such and drowned. So, okay, what is the significance of this? We don't know, the events is passed over and the facts and images keep flowing. Employing a riparian model, Peter Ackroyd allows the jetsam and debris of history to be washed and buried in the mud immemorial. Thames proceeds thematically, but each sections is scattered in bits: Pepys, the Saxons and Victorian industry may appear under a heading, or maybe Turner, Satanism and angling. You never quite know and it doesn't appear to ultimately matter. Walter Raleigh appears a few times and Ackroyd notes that several volumes of his History of the World only led to a led B.C. timeline. Maybe Mr. Ackroyd should consider such focus. But that isn't the point here, is it?

Sure enough Ackroyd has since started his history of everything British. He and Simon Schama can now stage pay-per-view pissing contests. Just remember 30 million years ago the Thames was connected to the Rhine.
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  jonfaith | Feb 22, 2019 |
Mr. Ackroyd has added to my stock of information about England by making this book. I must add, that as I have not been to England, it remains for me a geographical and historical fantasy. The matter of the book is a description of the Thames valley, and particularly about how the river interacts with the city of London. It fills in gaps, and seems to provide the travellers with some interesting alleys to examine, should they find themselves on the ground. As it is, I found this book an interesting exploration. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Oct 22, 2017 |
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Elegant and erudite, Ackroyd's gathering of rich treats does the famed tributary proud.
afegit per John_Vaughan | editaPublishers Weekly (Jun 26, 2011)
 

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In Thames: the Biography, Ackroyd writes about connections between the Thames and such historical figures as Julius Caesar and Henry VIII, and offers memorable portraits of the ordinary men and women who depend on the river for their livelihoods. He visits all the towns and villages along the river, from Oxfordshire to London, and describes the magnificent royal residences, as well as the bridges and docks, locks and weirs, found along its 215-mile run. The Thames as a source of artistic inspiration comes brilliantly to life as Ackroyd invokes Chaucer, Shakespeare, Turner, Shelley, and other writers, poets, and painters who have been enchanted by its many moods and colors.--From publisher description.

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