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Noble Endeavours, by Miranda Seymour - review

14 September 2013

9:00 AM

14 September 2013

9:00 AM

Noble Endeavours: The Life of Two Countries, England and Germany, in Many Stories Miranda Seymour

Simon and Schuster, pp.502, £20

Like Miranda Seymour, the author of this considerable work on Anglo-German relations, I was raised in a Germanophile home. I spent summer holidays on the Bodensee and, after graduating from university, lived for a year in Munich and then another in Berlin. It seems to me a pity that my children and most of my friends, familiar with the Dordogne, Tuscany, California, New York and Rajasthan, have never been to the Black Forest or the Bavarian Alps; have never visited Potsdam, Dresden, Würzburg, Freiberg, Heidelberg, Regensburg or Passau; in fact know next to nothing of either the culture or civilisation...

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