In The Kingâ€™s England Arthur Mee wrote of Gloucestershire that â€œnowhere is England more like herself than in the county of the Severn and the Thamesâ€. John Hedley aims to celebrate Meeâ€™s words in this book, Double Gloucester, a compendium of drama scenes from the history of Gloucestershire linked by a narrator. Extracts and titles of works by poets and composers who had connections with the county abound. But the main purpose of Hedleyâ€™s book is not to highlight the achievements of Gloucestershireâ€™s artists, but of its people in peace and war. Arguably the countyâ€™s motto, â€˜Prorsum Semperâ€™, meaning â€˜Ever Uprightâ€™ is relevant here, but perhaps that begs too many questions.
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