The Story of Durham traces the evolution of a city that medieval writers likened to Jerusalem, which Ruskin termed one of the wonders of the world, and which Pevsner, more modestly, called one of the architectural experiences of Europe. To Bill Bryson, Durham appeared a 'perfect little city' with 'the best cathedral on planet Earth'. The city is a physical manifestation of a significant event in our history - confirmation by the Normans of a site chosen for, or by, the North's most famous saint. The Romanesque cathedral and castle together constitute this country's monument to the Norman invasion, the last of our country. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Concluding with the issues, challenges and opportunities that the twenty-first century will present as the city adjusts to a key role within the county, this popular history by Durham's leading historian will delight residents and visitors alike.
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