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Gorgeous reproductions of Tudor-era maps capture the world of Great Britain during the era. This stunning volume reproduces the maps of John Speed’s 1611 collection The Theatre of Great Britaine in large, easy-to-read format for the first time. Compiled in 1596, these richly detailed maps show each county of Great Britain individually and as they existed at the time, complete with heraldic decoration, illustrations, and royal portraits. Bestselling author Nigel Nicholson provides the introduction, and each map features fascinating social and historical commentary by Alasdair Hawkyard.
John Speed (1552—1629) was a cartographer and antiquarian who began illustrating his individual maps in the late sixteenth century and published the collection The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britaine in 1611–1612.
Nigel Nicholson is a former MP and publisher and has written several books, including Great Houses of Britain (National Trust), Lord of the Isles, and Portrait of a Marriage (both Weidenfeld & Nicholson).
Alasdair Hawkyard is an authority on the art, architecture, and social history of the late medieval and early modern periods. His writing has been published in many historical and academic works, including Castles: a History and Guide (Littlehampton Book Services) and The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1509–1558 (Haynes Publishing).