The Building of England: How the History of England Has Shaped Our Buildings takes a fascinating journey through the history of English architecture. From the awe-inspiring castles, cathedrals and monasteries built by the Normans, to the steel frame buildings of the Industrial Revolution and the skyscrapers springing up today, Simon Thurley explores how this small island has come to be so distinctly different from its European neighbours, and its huge architectural impact on the globe. Thurley looks at how the architecture of England has evolved over a thousand years, uncovering the beliefs, ideas and aspirations of the people who commissioned them, built them and lived in them.
Simon Thurley is one of the UK’s leading architectural historians. He is Chief Executive of English Heritage and the government’s principle advisor on the historic environment. He is the author of Men from the Ministry: How Britain Saved its Heritage (2013), Lost Buildings of Britain (2004), and books on Whitehall Palace, Hampton Court Palace and Somerset House.