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This is not the sort of book, Annals of London by John Richardson, you will carry with you on vacation. After all, a 408 page book is probably too much to carry anyway. Who really really cares about the very early history of London? We have a hard time relating to it in general. The book has a scholarly approach to the subject matter, but lets me down visually. The lay out is boring and the book lacks enough pictures to create and keep the interest. It is fine for academics, but less so for the curious armchair visitor in my opinion. Of course, it is hard to cram so much history into a book, but the publisher University of California, in my opinion, missed the boat here a bit.Given the fact the book was published in 2000, it might explain the lack of visual interest that would have been probably created by a publisher like Taschen.

On the brighter side, if you pick the historical dates you would be interested in, then you could find some interesting facts. To me this book would create more interest for those living in London than those on their way there, but that is why this post is titled the way it is.

You can read Part One of the Armchair Traveler here.