A Brief History of the Isle of Man was written to meet the demand for an overview of this
fascinating island’s history.
Did you know, for example, that the last abbey to be dissolved by Henry VIII, the most complete mediaeval castle in Europe, and the site of the world’s first holiday camp can all be found on the Isle of Man?
From the oldest parliament in the world came the first legislation granting votes for women. And the world’s most famous motorbike road race takes place on an island where it is still traditional to greet the fairies when crossing their bridge.
Mann is an island of contrasts. It has a social structure which harks directly back to the island’s Viking past, a history of offering a home to financial entrepreneurs (well what else would you call smugglers?) and, after China, the US, Russia and India, is fifth in the race to return to the moon.
Centred in the Irish Sea, Mann has been drawn
into the politics of the surrounding islands yet
still maintained its own traditions, language and way of life. It is the long and proud history of the Manx, their island and their search for independence which this book celebrates.