Graham Stewart traces 2,000 years of an island''s story—from Roman province to 21st century European nation-state—through 100 historic documents
From the eighth-century Lindisfarne Gospels to the great testament of Norman bureaucracy, the Domesday Book, and from the designs for the Union Jack in 1606 to Neville Chamberlain''s 1938 Munich agreement with Hitler, the documents selected embrace a wide range of national endeavors: politics and religion, warfare and diplomacy, economics and the law, science and invention, literature and journalism, as well as sport and popular music. The first edition of the Times rubs shoulders with the rules of the newly formed Marylebone Cricket Club; the designs for Stephenson''s Rocket with the Catholic Emancipation Act; Lord Kitchener''s iconic World War I recruitment poster with Clause Four of the Labor Party''s constitution; and the Beatles'' Sgt. Pepper album cover with Britain''s accession treaty to the European Economic Community. These are documents that not only defined their own eras, but which continue to resonate today.