|In search of British Heroes: ISBN 0 7522 1532 9
Channel 4 books 2003
In search for British Heroes is the story of a quest; a journey into history and across contemporary Britain to discover the truth about five legendary figures.
Boudica, Macbeth, King Harold, William Wallace, better known as Braveheart, and Robin Hood come to us a mixture of fact and fiction. They are larger-than-life. Their lives symbolise something greater than themselves. From the Roman invasion to the Age of Chivalry, they mark milestones in British history and the British character.
Tony Robinson sets out on a journey across the country to retrace the stories of the real people behind these legends to find out where they lived, loved and fought. In going behind the official story, he not only uncovers even more remarkable facts about some of the greatest Britons who ever lived, but also shows them to be truly local heroes: legends who lived on our doorsteps, who have left their mark not only in the annals but beneath our factories, fields and schools.
These heroes belong to a shared heritage and this is a shared journey. Maps and directions enable readers to make the quest with Tony as he burns away the mist of time to reveal the flesh-and-blood characters behind the ghosts that still haunt every corner of our country and culture.
In search of British Heroes accompanies the television series fact or fiction produced by Spire Films for Channel 4.