The History Today Companion to British Historyedited by Juliet Gardiner and Neil Wenborn. Published by Collins & Brown, London House, Great Eastern Wharf, Parkgate Road, London SW11 4NQ. 1995. 840 pp. Hardcover. £25. Payment can be made by credit card through the distributors Biblios at 011-441-1403 711143 (fax).
This companion captures in over 4,500 entries an extensive range of entries covering political and constitutional history; economic, social, religious, cultural, military and women's history all from the viewpoint of modern-day scholarship. It includes biographies of people who have shaped British history from rulers and politicians to reformers and revolutionaries, from historians and writers to artists and architects.
The entries cover the time from the first Roman invasion to 1979. Entries do include information up to the 1990's, but no entries start after that date, nor are people whose importance came after 1979 included.
For anyone studying British history this is an excellent reference tool.
History Today is Britain's leading monthly history magazine. Subscriptions are £38 airmail from History Today Ltd., Dept HTB, Freepost 38, 28 Old Compton Street, London W1E 5BS.
Reviewed by Paul Milner
BIGWILL v.3 no.3, 1996