The profile of Edinburgh was born of a marriage between nature's sculpture and man's architecture. The epicentre is Castle Rock - a volcanic plug - which constantly draws the eye from all parts of the city. Sloping down from it is a jagged outline of impossibly high medieval tenements lining the Royal Mile, which is punctuated at the foot of the tail of glacial debris by Holyrood Palace. That Edinburgh is beautiful is not in doubt. It is a city blended into the countryside, with the Firth of Forth as the northern backdrop, a necklace of hills in all other directions. The history, however, has been less harmonious, largely due to warring with the English, but also because of religious turmoil and social unrest. The vibrant capital today draws thousands of visitors, not only for the historical sights, but also for the annual international festivals of the arts, music and literature.
Edinburgh History Tour is a fascinating insight into the illustrious history of Scotland's capital, its well-known streets and famous faces, and explains what they meant to local people throughout the nineteenth and into the twentieth century. Readers are invited to follow a timeline of events and watch the changing face of Edinburgh as author Liz Hanson guides us through its streets.
Liz Hanson was born in Kidderminster in 1950, but moved to Edinburgh in 1969 and has lived in the Scottish Borders for 35 years. Qualified as a medical technician, her career in microbiology was spent between Edinburgh hospitals and pharmaceutical companies. Photography has been a passion and hobby since teenage years and she now runs a small business making photographic books and cards of borders landscapes, which has expanded into production of books. Liz lives in Peeblesshire with her husband.