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  • Paperback
  • RRP:
    US $22.00
  • Publication:
    April 2004
  • 326 pages
  • Black and white line drawings
  • 228 x 152mm
    (9 x 6 in)
  • ISBN
Book cover image: Cornwall - A History


A History


  • Revised and updated edition of
    an acclaimed modern classic
  • First paperback publication
  • Written by one of Cornwall's formost academics
  • Illustrated with newly-commissioned line drawings
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Reviews of the first edition (1996)
‘Payton brilliantly brings together myth, fact, people, places, events…gripping’ The Times
‘Awesomely researched…the essential book for anyone who loves the county’ The Observer
‘One of the most comprehensive studies (by one of the most learned scholars) of
Cornwall and the nature of Cornish identity ever undertaken’ Cornwall Today

Now published for the first time in paperback, 326 pages at £12.99, this is the only modern full-length study of the history of the county. Cornwall – A History is essential reading for everyone with a passion for, or a passing interest in, Cornwall. Meticulously researched and wide-ranging in its chronological span and subject matter, it examines the distinctive story of Cornwall and the Cornish people with both passion and objectivity. Its authoritative and approachable text covers the county’s history from the earliest records to a view of the future. The beautifully produced book is illustrated with newly-commissioned line drawings by Eric Thomas. The book is printed on high-quality paper and thread sewn for long life.

Philip Payton is Professor of Cornish Studies at the University of Exeter in Cornwall, where he is Director of the Institute of Cornish Studies. The author/editor of some thirty books, both academic and popular, he has written widely on Cornish subjects. He edits Cornish Studies, a series of academic papers which has established the Institute as an energetic centre of social, political and historical study.

Philip Payton is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the Royal Society of Arts. Formerly a serving naval officer, he holds the rank of Commander in the Royal Naval Reserve and has seen recent active service aboard the aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal. PhilipPayton lives with his wife in Bodmin.



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