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The Land of the White Horse: Visions of England Reviews

The Land of the White Horse: Visions of England by David Miles

The Land of the White Horse: Visions of England

David Miles

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Imprint: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
Publication date: 26 Sep 2019
ISBN: 9780500519936

An exploration of one of England's great ancient monuments: the 360-foot-long chalk White Horse at Uffington.

4 stars out of 5
John Carey
29 Sep 2019

"The origins of the Uffington White Horse are explored in an intriguing bookThe origins of the Uffington White Horse are explored in an intriguing book"

The Land of the White Horse is an engrossing book. It bristles with little-known nuggets — that the Oxford place-name “Fawler” means “variegated floor”, indicating the site of a Roman villa with mosaics; or that John Betjeman’s wife followed the local remedy for childlessness by dancing on the eye of the White Horse, and conceived. Miles is erudite, and can be long-winded, but he is also considerate towards readers who might have forgotten that the Bronze Age came before the Iron Age, not vice versa.

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