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In the tradition of his phenomenal bestseller "Sarum", Edward Rutherford now gives readers a sweeping novel of London, a glorious pageant spanning 2,000 years. He brings this vibrant city's long and noble history alive through the ever-shifting fortunes, fates, and intrigues of half-a-dozen families, from the age of Julius Caesar to the 20th century. Generation after gener In the tradition of his phenomenal bestseller "Sarum", Edward Rutherford now gives readers a sweeping novel of London, a glorious pageant spanning 2,000 years. He brings this vibrant city's long and noble history alive through the ever-shifting fortunes, fates, and intrigues of half-a-dozen families, from the age of Julius Caesar to the 20th century. Generation after generation, these families embody the passion, struggle, wealth, and verve of the greatest city in the world.


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In the tradition of his phenomenal bestseller "Sarum", Edward Rutherford now gives readers a sweeping novel of London, a glorious pageant spanning 2,000 years. He brings this vibrant city's long and noble history alive through the ever-shifting fortunes, fates, and intrigues of half-a-dozen families, from the age of Julius Caesar to the 20th century. Generation after gener In the tradition of his phenomenal bestseller "Sarum", Edward Rutherford now gives readers a sweeping novel of London, a glorious pageant spanning 2,000 years. He brings this vibrant city's long and noble history alive through the ever-shifting fortunes, fates, and intrigues of half-a-dozen families, from the age of Julius Caesar to the 20th century. Generation after generation, these families embody the passion, struggle, wealth, and verve of the greatest city in the world.

30 review for London, Part 1 of 3

  1. 5 out of 5

    Manu

    This is the second time I'm reading this book. A lot of book descriptions have the words epic, saga, spanning centuries and generations etc. But to truly understand all of that you have to check out this book, for its scale and scope is truly massive. The tale starts from the time before the island of Great Britain was formed, ends in 1997 and in its expanse weaves a tapestry that contains the story of generations of families and events in history that they've been part of. Its amazing how, thro This is the second time I'm reading this book. A lot of book descriptions have the words epic, saga, spanning centuries and generations etc. But to truly understand all of that you have to check out this book, for its scale and scope is truly massive. The tale starts from the time before the island of Great Britain was formed, ends in 1997 and in its expanse weaves a tapestry that contains the story of generations of families and events in history that they've been part of. Its amazing how, throughout history, the same characteristics are brought out - not just of people, but of the city too. A lot of cities have a rich history, but very few of them manage to give the visitor or inhabitant a sense of history. I've never been to London, possibly never will, but I'm sure it's one of those places which would give one glimpses of life as it happened centuries before.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Minato

    Malo je reći da sam oduševljena ovim knjigama. Inače volim istorijske romane, ali je ''London'' drugačiji od svega što sam do sada pročitala. U tri toma nam autor prikazuje istoriju engleske prestonice od samih njenih prapočetaka do savremenog doba. Više od dve hiljade godina! Prve stranice nam živopisno slikaju kako je uopšte nastalo britansko ostrvo i kada su ga prvi ljudi naselili. Drugim rečima, od samog početka je knjiga veoma zanimljiva. Prvi tom pokriva period od drevne keltske naseobine do Malo je reći da sam oduševljena ovim knjigama. Inače volim istorijske romane, ali je ''London'' drugačiji od svega što sam do sada pročitala. U tri toma nam autor prikazuje istoriju engleske prestonice od samih njenih prapočetaka do savremenog doba. Više od dve hiljade godina! Prve stranice nam živopisno slikaju kako je uopšte nastalo britansko ostrvo i kada su ga prvi ljudi naselili. Drugim rečima, od samog početka je knjiga veoma zanimljiva. Prvi tom pokriva period od drevne keltske naseobine do početka vladavine Henrija III od kuće Plantageneta. Drugi tom slika period od vladavine Henrija III i njegovog sina Edvarda I do dolaska Čarlsa II na vlast. Treći tom prikazuje period od vladavine raskalašnog i neozbiljnog Čarlsa II do savremenog doba. Autor je rešio da nam istoriju Londona (i Engleske uopšte) predstavi iz ugla nekoliko porodica. Jedna porodica potiče od keltskih plemena; druga od Saksonaca; treća od Normana; četvrta od Vikinga; začetnik pete porodice, patuljasti čovečuljak, dolazi iz Zapadne Engleske, iz okoline Saruma; šesta porodica potiče iz Velsa; sedma iz Flandrije; dok osma vodi poreklo od hugenota iz Francuske. Svaka porodica ima neke svoje specifične odlike. Naravno, upoznajemo se sa članovima ovih porodica postepeno, prateći hronologiju događaja. Svaka porodica stupa na scenu u periodu kada su London naseljavali razni narodi u talasima. Ono što mi se svidelo u ovim romanima je činjenica da je autor vešto isprepleo istorijske događaje, činjenice i ličnosti sa izmišljenim likovima i njihovom ulogom u tim događajima. Istorijski događaji koji su potresali Englesku od njenog nastanka do današnjih dana ovde služe samo da bi pokazali u kojoj je meri to uticalo na dalje razvijanje Londona i kakve je to posledice imalo za njegove žitelje. Dok čitate ove knjige, imate utisak da grad London raste pred vašim očima. Palate, katedrale, crkve, pozorišta, mostovi, ulice i trgovi samo niču bez kraja i konca. Čak možete i videti kako stanovništvo kulja uskim uličicama trčeći za svojim poslovima i obavezama, oprhvani svojim problemima i brigama. Siromašni jure za poslom kako bi zaradili koji peni, kicoši se šepure, trgovci špekulišu. Splavovi, brodovi i čamci jure preko Temze. To je neodoljivo rasulo koje diše u nekom svom tempu. Londonu je autor udahnuo život. Neke likove ćete obožavati, druge ćete prezirati. Iz poglavlja u poglavlje pratićete sudbine potomaka drevnih porodica. Smejaćete se i plakati. I onda ćete shvatiti da sve te likove viđate svakodnevno na ulicama u Srbiji. Njih pokreće sve ono što i nas pokreće: moć, bogatstvo, ambicija, uticaj, ljubav, vera, mržnja, ljubomora, osveta, požuda, strast... Oni uopšte nisu različiti od nas. Čovek je oduvek isti. Svi samo žele da prežive. Većina ne mari za igre moćnika u krvavom svetu politike. Kako su se borili za opstanak, videćete i sami.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lara

    I listened to this one on audible. I read Rutherfurd's Paris as well, and in both books, I like what I learn about history through the stories and characters but the characters and stories themselves are less compelling. It is a great way to learn about London! I listened to this one on audible. I read Rutherfurd's Paris as well, and in both books, I like what I learn about history through the stories and characters but the characters and stories themselves are less compelling. It is a great way to learn about London!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sara Ristović

    Fantastična knjiga za ljubitelje istorije. Ko želi da nauči nešto o Londonu ovo je savršen roman. Preko Kelta i vikinga do izgradnje Tauera i uspona hrišćanstva ćete uživati. Preporuka.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Judy Brunner

    Fascinating read for people interested in London, who live there or who have visited. Very well researched and really interesting to find out about the history of London right from it's beginning. Fascinating read for people interested in London, who live there or who have visited. Very well researched and really interesting to find out about the history of London right from it's beginning.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Michael Tranter

    I have read all Edwards books all well worth reading

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sian Taylor

    A massive tome, but an excellent read. Especiallt good if you are familiar with London.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Katie Grainger

    Fantastic book, a really long read which takes you through the history of London. I really good read.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Dave Mcgann

    Runs out of steam in the 18th century. Can't imagine how the story remained interesting into the 19th. Did not read that far Runs out of steam in the 18th century. Can't imagine how the story remained interesting into the 19th. Did not read that far

  10. 4 out of 5

    Libromanija

    Odlična!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie Parker-duke

    By far, one of the best reads ever!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nat

  13. 5 out of 5

    Linda Collingwood

  14. 5 out of 5

    Karen

  15. 5 out of 5

    Amy

  16. 4 out of 5

    Shoshana Lipson

  17. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jane

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jett

  20. 4 out of 5

    Luka Atanaskovic

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kat

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

  23. 5 out of 5

    Becky

  24. 5 out of 5

    Dušan Lukšić

  25. 4 out of 5

    S. John

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sini

  27. 4 out of 5

    Dianne

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sanjay Verbeek

  29. 4 out of 5

    M

  30. 5 out of 5

    Aki

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