The English Lakes: A History
by Ian Thompson
With more than 20 million visitors each year, the Lake District retains its fascination for people from all over Britain and abroad. This title also shows how Wordsworth, Coleridge, Southey and De Quincey transformed the perception of the region from one of 'horrid mountains' to 'vales of peace'.
Published by Bloomsbury UK
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An excellent history of the Lake District which focuses on the manifold cultural responses to the area's unique landscape from the seventeenth century to today. In that sense it is very much a cultural history rather than a political or social one. There is little on the agrarian or industrial history of the area, but the author's remit is made very clear in his introduction - this is a study of changing responses to mountains and 'wilderness' from Defoe's 'horrid mountains' through the developm...more
This is a terrific, general read on the history of the Lake District - not from any geological or long-term historical view but the 'Lake District' as an entity that has thrilled artists, poets,walkers, climbers and the holidaymaker in search of peace and quiet over the past three centuries. It covers the evolution of the area from a place that inspired awe and terror to the home of the sublime and the 'picturesque'and all the conflicting parties that must find a way of conserving, rather than j...more