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Subject Matter

With little archaeological evidence to indicate otherwise Nottinghamshire has long been considered a historical vacuum. It's written history is based on the research and the writings of early historical adventurers seeking to illuminate the past using the limited resources at their disposal.

 

There are many in our nation who are aware of the story of Robin Hood and his Merry Men and able to offer a summary of their legendary exploits. This has elevated the county above others in our national awareness

but Nottinghamshire's actual role as England's North South frontier has remained untold, shrouded by the mists of time.

 

Nottinghamshire has played a pivotal role in the power struggle between the people of our nation and those seeking to conquer it and between internal factions representing the crown, nobility and church. This book seeks to that tale. From the dawn of our civilisation to the start of the industrial revolution and birth of representative democracy.

Narrative

History is typically told through stories of people, places and periods often dissociated in space, time and geography. Narratives concentrate on momentous events and individuals with little attention paid to the continuous and evolving nature of history through time.

 

This narrative takes one of the most important geographical locations for the control of our nation and tells how it was used by all our monarchs and the associated nobility and church hierarchy, through time, in attempt's to assert their will and power on the nation.
 

The approach allows many perplexing questions relating to how our culture evolved and prejudices and conflicts arose to be answered. It becomes clear that many of these were not the product of the actions of a single monarch or historical actor but the result of the actions of successive dynasties and administrations over time.  

Sources

Today more than ever before extensive information resources are becoming available online including many databases of historical records. These are being analysed, interpreted and represented by individuals from across the globe with a common interest in establishing historical fact. Mining and linking information made available in this way provides an incredibly powerful tool for determining new historical probabilities.

History of course is not acted out online. Consideration has to be given to the geology, topography and hydrology of the places concerned, recognising the todays environment could be very different to that of the very recent past. Nottinghamshire's current environment bears little resemblance to that of its very recent past. The impenetrable depths of Sherwood Forest have been reduced to fragments of ancient woodland in a largely agricultural landscape. The myriad springs that once flowed with abandon from the sandstone aquifers lying beneath the forest have been massively impacted by water abstraction for domestic, industrial and agricultural use.

The fusion of information from online resources and a clear understanding of the environment of the past allow 

powerful and persuasive deductions of past events to be made. 

Events 

Coming Soon

The results of thousands of hours of research have been 

set down in an extensive text covering the period from the first occupation of the county to George I being crowned in 1714 to establish the reign of the House of Hanover.

By this point the power of the monarchy, nobility and church had been greatly reduced, although not fully replaced, by the rule of representative government. 

Following many revisions as new evidence has emerged the text has been reviewed and revised and is now in its pre-publication stage awaiting final release.

The text will allow its readers to understand many of the key events that have occurred during our rich past not only in isolation but in conjunction with others that shaped our history and culture. 

The Author

Ian Clarke has lived in the county of Nottinghamshire since graduating as an  engineer from the University of Nottingham in 1980.

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He pursued a successful career in organisational design and development within a multinational corporation through the application of 'Systems Thinking' a technique documented by a function of the Sloan School of Management at Massachusetts Institute of technology in 1956.

 

Whilst this helped to revolutionise management theory it was probably not entirely new as its elements had already been alluded to by Rudyard Kipling in his short story the 'Elephants Child'

     I keep six honest serving-men
     (They taught me all I knew);
     Their names are What and Why and When
     And How and Where and Who.
     I send them over land and sea,
     I send them east and west;

 
 
 
 
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Subject Matter

As there are few archaeological remains Nottinghamshire has been labelled a historical vacuum. Its history derives from the research of early historical adventurers using the limited resources at their disposal to deduce past events. The story of the legendary exploits of Robin Hood and his Merry Men has gone some way to filling this vacuum and elevated the county above others in our national awareness. However Nottinghamshire's actual role as England's North South frontier has remained untold, shrouded in the mists of time.

The county has played a pivotal role in the periodic power struggles between the people of our nation and those seeking to conquer, and in constant conflicts between  the crown, nobility and church. This book seeks to chronicle that tale, from the dawn of our civilisation to the start of the industrial revolution and birth of representative democracy.

Narrative

History is typically told through stories of people, places and periods dissociated in space and time. Narratives concentrate on momentous events and famous individuals, with little attention paid to the continuous and evolving nature of history through time.

 

This narrative takes one of our most important geographical locations  and tells how it was used through time by our monarchs, nobility and church hierarchy, in their endeavours to assert their will and achieve power over the nation.
 

This approach allows many perplexing questions relating to how our culture evolved, and how prejudices and conflicts arose, to be answered. It becomes clear that many were not the result of the actions of a single monarch or historical actor but the product of the actions of successive dynasties, administrations and people over time.  

Sources

Today, more than ever before, extensive information resources are becoming available online, including many databases of historical records. These are being analysed, interpreted and represented by individuals across the globe with a common interest in establishing historical facts. Mining and linking information made available in this way provides an incredibly powerful tool for determining new historical probabilities.

History is acted out in the physical world and today Nottinghamshire's landscape is very different from that of the relatively recent past. The impenetrable depths of Sherwood Forest have been reduced to fragments of ancient woodland in a largely agricultural landscape. The myriad springs that once flowed with abandon from the sandstone aquifers lying beneath the forest have been massively impacted by water abstraction for domestic, industrial and agricultural use.

The fusion of information from online resources and a clear understanding of the environment of the past has allowed 

powerful and persuasive new deductions of past events to be made. 

Events 

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Quintus Petillus Centralis

Led the Roman IX Hispana Legion through Nottinghamshire in 69AD to subdue the Brigantes establishing a campaign road and vexation fortress following his advance

Coming Soon

The results of thousands of hours of research by the author have been 

set down in this extensive text, covering the period from the first occupation of the county by Neanderthal hunter gatherers, to the coronation of George I in 1714.

By this point the power of the monarchy, nobility and church had been greatly reduced, although not fully replaced, by the rule of representative government. 

Following many revisions as new evidence has emerged the text has been reviewed and revised and is now in its pre-publication stage awaiting final release.

The text will allow its readers to understand many of the key events that have occurred during the counties rich past, not only in isolation, but in conjunction with others that shaped the history and culture of our land. 

The Author

The Author has lived in the county of Nottinghamshire since graduating as an  engineer from the University of Nottingham in 1980.

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He pursued a successful career in organisational design and development within a multinational corporation, through the application of 'Systems Thinking', a technique documented by a function of the Sloan School of Management at Massachusetts Institute of technology in 1956.

 

Whilst this helped to revolutionise management theory it was probably not entirely new, as its elements had already been alluded to by Rudyard Kipling in his short story the 'Elephants Child'

 

    I keep six honest serving-men
     (They taught me all I knew);
     Their names are What and Why and When
     And How and Where and Who.
     I send them over land and sea,
     I send them east and west;

The Authors Inspiration

Bernard Cornwell -

For his historical novels which have engaged the author's interest and that of millions of avid readers in key periods of our history.

Lucy Worsley -

For making history accessible to millions of TV viewers and challenging established historical norms

Tony Robinson - 

For the part he played in Blackadder as a member of the suppressed English majority and for making archaeology a spectator sport for millions of TV viewers.

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