The Edge of the World: How the North Sea Made Us Who We Are

The Edge of the World: How the North Sea Made Us Who We Are

By  Michael Pye

In The Edge of the World, Michael Pye explains how a small but treacherous body of water inspired the saints, spies, fisherman, pirates, traders and marauders who lived beside and journeyed across the North Sea to give birth to our modern world.

When the Romans retreated from northern Europe, they left behind lands of barbarians at the very edge of the known world. Yet a thousand years later the countries surrounding the North Sea were at the heart of scientific, mercantile and artistic enlightenments and controlled the first truly global empires. 

In The Edge of the World, Michael Pye explains how a small but treacherous body of water inspired the saints, spies, fisherman, pirates, traders and marauders who lived beside and journeyed across the North Sea to give birth to our modern world.

Hugely enjoyable.' Tom Holland, Guardian

'Pye is a wonderful historian.' Terry Jones

'Astonishing. A treasure chest.' The Times

'A dazzling historical adventure.' Daily Telegraph

'Extraordinary . . . fascinating.' Observer

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9780241963838

September 23, 2015

Penguin General UK (UK Adult)

RRP $24.99

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