Why do some people find lasting fame for their achievements, while others lapse into obscurity? What makes an individual truly 'great'? Great Britons explores the lives of some of the best-known names in British History and describes the relationship between their image, reputation and celebrity
Accompanying a major BBC television series and a national poll to find the greatest Briton of all time, this book lists the top 100 figures and explores the reasons for their enduring popularity.
Along with a discussion of the nature of biography, plus personal and passionate arguments from the programme presenters, Great Britons analyses the life and iconography of each of the top ten nominations and why they remain central to the nation's self-image.
With over 190 illustrations, 140 in colour.