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New Book Takes a Fresh Look at Kent’s Vibrant Past and Resilient People

In her new book, author Anne Petrie explores Kent’s fascinating history from earliest times to the modern day. Combining a lively tone and authoritative research, The Story of Kent recalls pivotal moments from the Garden of England’s history, including invasions from Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Vikings and Normans.

Rochester Castle, on the east bank of the River Medway, now saved from dereliction and open to the public. (Anne Thompson)

Rochester Castle, on the east bank of the River Medway, now saved from dereliction and open to the public. (Anne Thompson)

Kent has also seen the Black Death, the Peasants’ Revolt, the Swing Riots and, more recently, audacious escapades by Suffragettes in the battle for votes for women. The author brings this incredible story right up-to-date by exploring the challenges faced by traditional industries and the transformation of cross-Channel travel.

A fire brigade display in Hythe in 1905. The engine is pumping water from the Royal Military Canal.(Author’s collection)

A fire brigade display in Hythe in 1905. The engine is pumping water from the Royal Military Canal.(Author’s collection)

Richly illustrated with over 90 images, The Story of Kent is a must for the bookshelves of social historians and everyone seeking to find out more about this fascinating county.

You can buy this fascinating book here: http://www.thehistorypress.co.uk/publication/the-story-of-kent/9780750967471/

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