A richly illustrated history of all aspects of the city’s history, from St Osburga and Lady Godiva to bicycles, cars and the hopes of the twenty-first century
Once one of England’s busiest and wealthiest cities, Coventry has had its ups and downs over the centuries. In this comprehensive new history of the city, Peter Walters explores the people, the politics and the industries that have shaped the story of Coventry.
From nearby Roman re-mains to the strong Anglo-Saxon roots of the city, Coventry came into its own in the Middle Ages with strong guilds and crafts such as ribbon and watch-making. After falling behind the rest of the country in many ways, it grew to new heights of importance with the advent of first the bicycle and then the car industry. The author goes on to discuss the major architectural and town planning initiatives of the twentieth century and Coventry’s challenges in the twenty-first century.
- Reveals a fascinating and much misunderstood city
- Extensively illustrated with photographs and drawings
- Ideal for those wanting to know the full background to their city and its achievements
Peter Walters is an award-winning former newspaper journalist and city promotions manager who has written many articles about Coventry’s history. He is currently involved in a number of regeneration and heritage projects and lives in the city.
Publication: December 2013, £17.99, paperback original, 978-1-8607-7692-2