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And Did Those Feet

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A wittily told journey through time as the author walks a series of famous historical journeys, uncovering British heritage and discovering the contemporary landscape.
Published (first published January 1st 2009)
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Elizabeth Moffat
From the blurb, this book looked right up my street. I’ve recently discovered a thirst for history, and one man re-creating the journeys of famous historical figures looked like it was going to be a page turner. The author decides to walk from Norwich to St Albans as Boudica’s trail of destruction satisfies her hunger for revenge, then turns to King Harold’s tramp to Hastings where he famously lost his life in battle after being hit through the eye by a rogue arrow. Next we learn about Olaf the ...more
The landscape of the British Isles is filled with history, much of which we miss as it flashes past the car window. Do we even realise that we're following the same path as the Tolpuddle Martyrs, or that we're driving past the exact spot where King Harold was killed, shot through the eye with an arrow? As a lover of both history and the British countryside, Charlie Connelly decided to rectify this, and set out on a series of walks that recreate famous historical journeys. I loved the other two b ...more
Spotted on Jo and Betties profiles and I like the sound of it.

The book is humourous and a quick read, although I did find his moaning about the weather annoying. If you are going to go walking around Britain in October don't start moaning when it starts raining.

i would also point out that Burke and Hare never robbed graves, the first body they sold died of natural causes the rest they murdered.

I rather enjoyed Charlie Connelly's Attention All Shipping, his book about visiting all the areas in the beloved British shipping forecast. This write up of another history-and-travel project was regrettably pedestrian and not just because it was largely on foot. Although he makes clear that he has a genuine lifelong interest in history, I didn't really feel there was much passion here. He gets the job done, but I never really lost the feeling that this was more work than pleasure for him. Bill ...more
Mark Glover
Another one I first listened to on audio book but have subsequently gone back and reread, I really enjoyed this book for a number of reasons. Charlie Connelly is a very gifted author in his ability to approach history and really bring it to life in a humorous and interesting manner. An easy comparison to make would be to call him a British Bill Bryson and their are certainly a number of attributes that the two share that make there works equally enjoyable. Such lazy comparison however does deny ...more
This was a fun and informative book. Connelly follows in the footsteps (with only a few breaks on a bus or boat)of several famous historical figures. He traces Boudica's path to London, King Harold's journey from Stamford Bridge to Hastings, and several other interesting historical tours. Connelly is very funny, mixing in commentary about the modern sites/abominations he sees with his thoughts about the sense of history he encounters everywhere. I especially enjoyed the section about King Harold ...more
An enjoyable book, Charlie Connelly just as funny as in his other books I've read. However, after the first couple of chapters, the walking seemed to take a backseat. There would maybe be one story in 100 miles of walk, he might as well have taken the train instead of walking. Also, a lot of the history seemed to be based on assumptions and guesswork, which is fine, some of this was ~1000 years ago. But the way it was packaged often made it sound like stone cold facts.
Louise Culmer
Charlie Connelley retraces the path of journeys made by a number of memorable characters in British history, including Boudicca's rampage through eastern England, King Harold's march from Stamford Bridge to Hastings, the escape of Mary Queen of Scots from Loch Leven etc. The book is quite enjoyable, though there are a few factual errors. For instance, at one point Connelly talks about a meeting between Robert Burns and the Bronte sisters, which would hardly have been possible, seeing that Burns ...more
I listened to this on audio book. Listening whilst I was cleaning or shopping and quite frequently found myself just standing and staring into space as I was drawn onto the walks in this book. A very good little read.
Claire Greener
Interesting book but was hoping for a read as fascinating as 'Attention all Shipping' and didn't absorb me as much.
Witty, dry humour. Just loved his take on history.
Ann Thomas
A very entertaining and informative book. It's not easy to make history fun. Very reminiscent of Bill Bryson. Author Charlie Connelly decided to retrace the footsteps of some famous events in British history, even though he was unfit and inexperienced at walking. He had some desperate moments, and some funny ones, and he weaves the story of his exploits in with the history he is trying to follow.

Very readable, very clear, great fun. Even if you're not into history, highly recommended.
I had enjoyed the author's Attention All Shipping: A Journey Round the Shipping Forecast, so was looking forward to this one, but I never really found myself getting into it, as much as through it. Really 2.5 stars, neither smashing, nor a complete waste, just sort of ... there.
This book has it all, a vengeful queen, a dwarf who was the king of man, battles with Vikings and Normans, a welsh uprising, a 16 mile walk by starving peasants, a cross-dressing Prince and a Scottish Queen who was also a football fan. The author manages to weave the stories of these people and walk their journeys across the British Isles whilst being funny, erudite and insightful. A cracking good read that had me belly laughing my way through it!
Abridged audio on BBC 4 Extra read by Martin Freeman. A fun way to learn about famous journeys taken by important historical figures in British and Irish history. Really want to read the full version one of these days and I may have added some things to my bucket list after listening to this.
Gwynne Harries
A fun book. An interesting perspeective of an ex-pats return and his wandering around the lesser know spots of Britain highlighting our history. He even found the burrial place of the last Welsh Princess burried in Lincolnshire!
Connelly sets out to recreate famous walks from history. The book meanders along much as the author does himself. A bit of history combined with a travel journal. Funny in parts and a joy to read.
I very good, informative look at British and Irish history. Charlie Connelly makes reading about history easy and is always humerous - this book has several laugh out loud moments!
Disappointing after the Shipping Forecast. Not a particularly novel concept and quite lightweight. Not very funny either.
Abridged audio. Fluffy pop-hist.

Martin Freeman reads from Charlie Connelly's travelogue in which he recreates a series of famous historical journeys through the British Isles.

A wittily told journey through time as the author walks a series of famous historical journeys, uncovering British heritage and discovering the contemporary landscape.

Episode 1:
Charlie traces Boudicca's rampage of vengeance, walking from Norwich to St Albans.

Episode 2:
Charlie goes in search of King Haro
History teachers missed the good parts.
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