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Guided by Thomas Hardy's wise precept that 'it is better to know a little bit of the world remarkably well than to know a great part remarkable little', Stephen Friar has created an essential tool for all those interested in local history. With over 2000 entries, "The Companion to Local History" is the most comprehensive single-volume guide published to local history, archaeology, architecture and landscape. In an easy-to-use A-Z format, it answers many of the questions that arise in the course of local history research and travel and provides a starting point for further enquiries. Among the entries are obscure or specialised terms that crop up in old documents - forfang, heybote, escheat - as well as longer entries on, for example, the dissolution of the monasteries, place-names, education and genealogy. From each of the major entries, a detailed system of cross-referencing leads on to subsidiary entries exploring related topics or defining specialised terms. A guide to further reading and the addresses of major organisation of interest to local historians are also included. Whether you are looking for information on frankalmoign or forests, sheriffs or shrines, this carefully researched, clearly written and fully illustrated volume will certainly be your constant companion. Revealing an extraordinary depth of knowledge of the history all around us, Stephen Friar's book is a working reference book equally useful for the beginner and the experienced researcher. Stephen Friar is a writer and historian. His previous books include "The Companion to Heraldry", "The Companion to Churches", "The Companion to Cathedrals" and "Abbeys and The Companion to Castles", all published by The History Press.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780750927239
ISBN-10: 0750927232
Format: Paperback
(244mm x 172mm x 10mm)
Pages: 528
Imprint: Sutton Publishing Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 19-Aug-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Stephen Friar

Stephen Friar is a writer and lecturer on local history and heraldry. His books include 'The Sutton Companion to Heraldry', 'The Sutton Companion to Castles' and 'The Sutton Companion to the English Parish Church'. He lives in Dorset.

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