How sixteen lines written by an obscure poet and painter two hundred years ago became England's national anthem.
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Jerusalem: The Story of a Song is a popular history of England's unofficial national anthem, which began life as a poem by William Blake, was set to music by Hubert Parry and is sung every year at the Last Night of the Proms.
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Eddie Lerner has written an excellent and detailed history of "Jerusalem" from its conception as part of a larger piece by Blake and its setting to music to its adoption years later by various bodies, up to the 2012 Olympic Games. His learning and background as a Blue Badge Guide add richness to the story. ~ June Marshall, Personal email to author
An amazing book which manages to include everything from the fate of Tom Paine's bones to the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics... ~ David Boyle, author of 'Broke: Who Killed the Middle Classes?, Personal email to the author