The Secret Valley tells the story of how the people of Lakeland held out for half a century against the Norman conquerors. The headquarters of the resistance were in a hidden location, the upper part of the valley which contains Crummock Water and Buttermere.
The historical facts concerning Lakeland in the Norman period are scant, and Nicholas Size has therefore written his book in the form of a historical novel, in his own words he wrote: "There are details to imagine, and suggestions to make in order to cover points which have not been recorded; and as life is too short for most of us, it seems best to put the facts into the form of a readable story appreciated by the many, instead of into a dry handbook appreciated by the very few".
Interesting and exciting, his book holds the reader's attention to the end.
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