Trapped in lives of poverty and crime, these subterranean dwellers existed in darkness and misery, ignored by the chroniclers of their time. A friend lent me this book shortly after I moved to Edinburgh. It is a fairy-tale, no more than legend. Unable to expand the city's boundaries, the burgeoning population built over every inch of square space. It is only in the last few years that the shocking truth has begun to emerge about the sinister underground city. As I had already done the Vault tour twice and had always been impressed by Ediburgh's Underground City, I decided to buy it, but was totally disappointed.
People have a penchant for things that they cannot see, so it seems natural that I pick this up. I did the Mary King's Close tour as well as the South Bridge vaults ghost tour, so I thoroughly enjoyed the chapters on the history of those two areas. LibraryThing Review User Review - ElleLainey - LibraryThing Really enjoyed this. The first half of the book covers the history of Edinburgh in general and the underground areas specifically. You will get an orientation to the layout of the old town and have some interesting anecdotes about key locations such as the castle, Mary King's Close and Greyfriar's Kirkyard.
Henderson lives in Edinburgh with his partner and two children and runs 'City of the Dead' ghost tours, which requires him to look moody and wear black a lot. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. Book 4 of 2010 - This was fun. Speaking like a tour guide, the narrative will take you back on the historical accounts of the dungeons, cellars, and vaults. Unable to expand the city's boundaries, the burgeoning population built over every inch of square space.
Go on a ghost walk. He has been shortlisted for twelve literary awards and is the winner o Jan-Andrew Henderson J. We recently went and did a tour of the vaults and it was nice to have the background information ahead of time. By all means take a tour or two of the underground. Unable to expand the city's boundaries, the burgeoning population built over every inch of square space. It is only in the last few years that the shocking truth has begun to emerge about the sinister underground city. For almost 250 years, Edinburgh was surrounded by a giant defensive wall.
The legends and ghost stories at the back was a very nice touch, giving you more insight into the stories mentioned through the narrative. I'm intrigued enough to put Edinburgh on my list for places to explore. The text bemoans early on that citizens of Edinburgh have little to no knowledge of the city's history. A very interesting little book. The book did not offer less. Does anyone take this stuff seriously? When buildings could go no higher, people were forced to construct new edifices over the existing structures. I bought the book with the intention of reading a serious, but accessible historical analysis of the urban experience of Edinburgh but this was only addressed very scantily in the first half of the text with unsubstantiated claims often filling the pages.
Edinburgh's population eventually came to believe that the city? Unable to expand its boundaries, it became the most densely populated city in Europe. The book in short is an utter disgrace. The writing style is breezy and basic, somewhat similar to what one would find a tour guide booklet. Speaking like a tour guide, the narrative will take you back on the historical accounts of the dungeons, cellars, and vaults. Edinburgh's population eventually came to believe that the city—out of sight and out of mind since its abandonment in the mid-19th century—had never been there at all. It is only in the last few years that the shocking truth has begun to emerge about the sinister underground city. The tales portion, however, seemed like I was reading unconnected blog post stories, none of which were very interesting or entertaining.
If you are planning to go, or went to Edinburgh without knowing the history of the city below, this book will not disappoint. Maybe it was because I was fresh off my trip from Scotland, but I read this book in one sitting. The first part of the book gives vague historic information concerning the city, and how the underground city developed through the years. The book is written in two parts: history and tales. It's a great mix of two halves - the first is a history of the City, the people who lived there, certain standout characters and the buildings built there. Unable to expand the city's boundaries, the burgeoning population built over every inch of square space. These claims are not only on the face of it utterly absurd and frustrating to read, they inform the entire delivery of the text.
My interest was already piqued with one of the Rebus novels by Ian Rankin, and as many times as I have been to the Scottish capital I have not been ::Down:There:: Opening lines of the Introduction: Some people believe there is a city under the pavements of Edinburgh: a dark, mysterious, forgotten place. Below Scotland's capital, hidden for almost two centuries, is a metropolis whose very existence was all but forgotten. And when there was no more room, they began to dig down. It gives you a broad overview of the history of the city through a discussion of how the geography influenced the way it was built. The other requirement would be to get dressed up in a vaguely historical costume that combines dubiously anomolous elements with all the sartorial elegance of curtain material. Whoever did the marketing for this book deserved their wages because this book is aimed at so many different types of reader, that it inevitably fails to fulfill these expectations. I bought this to find out more about life in the 'underground' old town.
The majority of pages are undamaged with minimal creasing or tearing, minimal pencil underlining of text, no highlighting of text, no writing in margins. There's not quite enough detail on construction, not enough old maps and drawings to show how this subterranean world came to be, but enough is there to horrify a modern reader about the living conditions that thousands of Edinburgh's residents endured. The historical information about Old Town and the Underground was great but the second half of this book with all the hokey ghost stories was really not worth reading. This is the first book to fully chronicle Edinburgh's Town Below the Ground—its history and structure, its inhabitants and the lives they led, the story of its rediscovery, the parts that still remain, and the tales that made it legendary. The first part of the book gives vague historic information concerning the city, and how the underground city developed through the years.