New Book Uncovers York’s Most Important People, Objects and Placesadmin
Destinworld Publishing announces A History of York in 101 People, Objects and Places, a new book title for Autumn 2023.
YORK historian Paul Chrystal takes you on a unique journey of discovery through some of the less well-known, more surprising stories connected with York, just as if you were ambling through the city’s streets, coming across this, that or the other, purely by pleasant chance in what can be your personal journey of serendipity.
Hear about the poet Shelley – one of the few visitors underwhelmed by the majesty of the Minster; about crazy George Frederick Sitwell who ended his days in the York Lunatic Asylum, and about the bizarre (to say the very least) marriage of Arthur Munby and Hannah Cullwick. Hear also of Viking berserker Ivar the Boneless; read about ‘The Phoenix’ and the Black Baby, the Mansion House and its Edgar Allen Poe-like dead cat; about a woman sold cheap in Pavement. Be regaled by doom knockers, doom windows and doom stones; with the Sigismund sword and with Captain Tom Moore’s funeral sword; with exploding bananas and with stories of the Rowntree family you would not expect from such devout Quakers.
York resident Paul Chrystal is the author of over a hundred books on a wide range of subjects, including the best-selling History of Britain in 100 Objects and York Through the Lens of The Press. He has written on social and industrial history, and he’s published many local histories on York, and Yorkshire towns and cities. He has been an advisor to visitor attractions for the National Trust in York and York’s Chocolate Story, and has featured on talkRADIO, History Hack, BBC local radio, Radio 4 and the BBC World Service.
Released on 28 September, A History of York in 101 People, Objects and Places is available from all good booksellers.