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Norfolk Annals A Chronological Record of Remarkable Events in the Nineteeth Century, Vol. 2   By:

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Norfolk Annals: A Chronological Record of Remarkable Events in the Nineteenth Century, Vol. 2, by Charles Mackie, is a meticulously crafted and extensively researched historical account that offers readers a deeper understanding of Norfolk's rich history during the 1800s.

Mackie's narrative style effortlessly transports readers back in time, immersing them in the significant events and milestones that shaped Norfolk's social, political, and cultural landscape. The author's attention to detail is commendable, as he seamlessly weaves together a vast array of primary sources, personal accounts, and archival records to create a comprehensive and reliable chronicle of the era.

The book covers a wide range of topics, including political movements, technological advancements, economic changes, and societal shifts. While some might assume that such a broad scope could lead to fragmented storytelling, Mackie manages to strike a fine balance, ensuring that each event receives due attention without overwhelming the reader.

One of the book's most impressive aspects is Mackie's ability to provide context and analysis for each event, helping readers to grasp the significance of these historical moments. Whether it is the impact of the Industrial Revolution on Norfolk's economy or the emergence of radical political ideologies, the author provides thoughtful insights, allowing readers to connect the dots and gain a holistic understanding of the time period.

Furthermore, Mackie's writing style is engaging and accessible, making his book an enjoyable read for both history enthusiasts and casual readers. The author's passion for the subject matter shines through, as he masterfully brings the past to life, capturing the essence of each event and person with vivid descriptions and gripping storytelling.

However, it is worth noting that Norfolk Annals: A Chronological Record of Remarkable Events in the Nineteenth Century, Vol. 2, is not a book for those seeking an in-depth analysis of specific events or individuals. As a chronological record, the focus is on breadth rather than depth. Consequently, some readers may find themselves craving more detailed information on certain events covered in the book.

Overall, Norfolk Annals: A Chronological Record of Remarkable Events in the Nineteenth Century, Vol. 2, is an invaluable resource for anyone seeking to delve into the history of Norfolk during the 1800s. Mackie's meticulous research, engaging storytelling, and insightful analysis combine to create a book that is both educational and entertaining. For history buffs and general readers alike, this volume is a worthy addition to any library.

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( Compiled from the files of the “ Norfolk Chronicle ”)




“It is beyond the capacity of the human intellect to discriminate beforehand between what is valuable and what is valueless in the pursuit of historical research. What would we give now for newspapers and trade circulars illustrating the social habits of many bygone times and peoples?”— The Times , May 4, 1900.

[ Entered at Stationers’ Hall ]

1901 Printed at the Office of the “Norfolk Chronicle” Market Place Norwich


In the terms of the publishers’ announcement the two volumes of “Norfolk Annals” were to have contained 800 pages; the work has really exceeded that estimate by 255 pages.

Although the period from 1851 to 1900 was marked by many incidents of great importance in the history of Norfolk and Norwich, the record thereof in Volume II... Continue reading book >>

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