It is associated with the pre-Celtic idea of tame or teme which means darkness in the sense of holiness. The final part of the book is an overview of all the towns from the source of the Thames to the sea. There is a logical sequence no doubt in the author's mind, but it read to me like a fairly random parade of subjects. Some would be offered to male deities and others to female and each part of the water carefully chosen for this ritual. The Thames is 215 miles long, runs along the boarders of nine English counties, has twenty tributaries, a hundred and thirty four bridges, and an average tide speed of between one and three knots.
We have brackish water, apparently salt water mixed with fresh in either equal or unequal quantities. Typical of this authors work, here is a fully comprehensive biography of this 215 mile long river from Thames Head to the sea. However, this design was never used, owing to uncertainty about its feasibility and the amount of land needed for its construction. It is, Ackroyd avers, a sacred river, rising in a field known as Trewsbury Mead, which from earliest times has been venerated as a boundary between visible and invisible realms. This structure makes the book far more easy and interesting to read. Things I wanted to know more about: Wallingford castle's proximity to the river and importance to William the Conquerer. The spirits of this meandering flow from Celtic river gods to Richard the Lionheart's crocodile.
I truly love Ackroyd's style of writing. And here are the questions! Water worship continued into the Iron Age and the Romans too threw votive offerings into the river. This may be no bad thing, since the river is probably much the same. Within the waters there are hidden and treacherous whirlpools. No markings, Fine in unclipped half dust jacket which has some waviness to the bottom of the front panel; Dj is in mylar sleeve.
Rivers bring life to the land around them. I'm comfortable with a river having a major impact on commerce, politics, and perhaps even culture. The reader learns about the fishes that swim in the river and the boats that ply on its surface; about floods and tides; hauntings and suicides; miasmas and sewers; locks, weirs and embankments. Typical of this authors work, here is a fully comprehensive biography of this 215 mile long river from Thames Head to the sea. The Celts called it Tamesis, the Saxons, Temes and the Romans, Thamesis. That would be the book at the end which is T he Brief History Of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Stories In Our Genes by Adam Rutherford.
Peter Ackroyd's mother worked in the personnel department of an engineering firm, his father having left the family home when Ackroyd was a baby. All the flora and fauna from the most ancient yew to the swan with two nicks. Early in his career, Ackroyd was nominated a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1984 and, as well as producing fiction, biography and other literary works, is also a regular radio and television broadcaster and book critic. Ackroyd has a couple of theses connected to mythology and psychology that seem important to him, but that in my eyes could be said about many of the world's great rivers, but that Ackroyd presents as if they were a I truly love Ackroyd's style of writing. Side note to Ackroyd - don't suppose things about Eleanor of Aquitaine. The book is well represented with illustrations and pictures. The price may be the seller's own price elsewhere or another seller's price.
Reputedly, he first realized he was gay at the age of 7. Instead of a linear history, which undoubtably would've made the book dull, Ackroyd sections the chapters by theme; there is a chapter on the river and death, on fishing, on wildlife and so on. Ackroyd acknowledges spiritual elements and always identifies and romanticizes human- environmental links. I really enjoyed his , and hoped that Thames would be more of the same. Virginia Woolf describes such a one in her novel Orlando, when the Thames froze over, and became the site of cook shops and sledge races, bear-baiting and meat roasts.
Is there any reason for this shelf being organised the way it is or is it purely random? Which book is the newest addition to this shelf? I thought it was going to be a history book like others he has written. Which book from this shelf would you save in an emergency and why? The new bridge was built 100 feet 30 m west upstream of the original site at a cost of £ 2,000,000 and was completed by of the same name over a seven-year period from 1824 to 1831. Peter Ackroyd's mother worked in the personnel department of an engineering firm, his father having left the family home when Ackroyd was a baby. Tell us a story about one of the books on this shelf that is special to you i. Just remember 30 million years ago the Thames was connected to the Rhine.
I thought it would be one that I would really enjoy, the kind of quirky history that focuses on one element, and then ties everything together around that element. A nice addition to the book is the alternate topography where Ackroyd takes the villages and places along the river's route and gives a brief description. Just as Peter Ackroyd's bestselling London is the biography of the city, Thames: Sacred River is the biography of the river, from sea to source. In 1014, the bridge was torn down by the Norwegian king , as he was aiding king in a successful bid to divide the defending forces of the Danes who held the walled City of London plus Southwark, thereby regaining London for the Anglo-Saxon king. I particularly enjoyed his brief asides in this section.
We may receive commission if your application for credit is successful. Ancient stonework, fun, daily life on the river, iron constructions, rurality, layers of geography and history, sewage, mystery and magic - this is a great deal to suggest on one cover, and really does go some small way towards indicating the richness and profusion of material that lies within. In other eras too, bronze and stone heads were thrown into the river in some form of communication with the deities. This was his first work for children. Some chapters are incredibly short. Exploring its history from prehistoric times to the present day.
It has more literary allusions than hard historical ones, but it added well to the book's general tone. He tends to primarily read non fiction but will indulge in a fiction from time to time more about that later. I think it is difficult to stand on the bank of the Thames and not feel what a presence it is. Thames: Sacred River is the biography of the river, from sea to source. Eliot 1984 , Charles Dickens 1990 , William Blake 1995 , Thomas More 1998 , Chaucer 2004 , William Shakespeare 2005 , and J. The Egyptian goddess, Isis is the goddess of fertility who gave birth to Horus and figures of Horus dating from Roman times have been found under London Bridge. You can feel the joy Ackroyd has as he presents this river to his readers.