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A History of Preston Guild, England’s greatest carnival

by Alan Crosby


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This book will be available from March 2012, and may pre-ordered by ringing us at Carnegie on 01524 840111.

Dr Alan Crosby is one of the most highly regarded and influential history writers working today. The range and depth of his knowledge and insight are without parallel, and in this book he turns his attention to a unique medieval survivor: Preston Guild.

Preston Guild is only celebrated every twenty years, and has a history stretching back to the Middle Ages, more than 800 years ago. Described as ‘our Greatest Carnival’, the event has changed greatly over the years: originally it was held to help regulate the town’s trade, then was transformed into a fashionable get-together for gentry and burgesses, and more recently a celebration of civic pride, famous around the country. The Guild of 2012 will be the first with Preston having city status.

Illustrated throughout
Date of Publication:
March 2012
234 x 156 mm

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