Standing on what was one of the largest islands in the Cambridgeshire Fens, Ely has a rich and varied history. The Story of Ely takes an engaging look at this cathedral city from the earliest times to the modern day, recalling pivotal events and taking into account its unique architectural development and heritage.
Illustrated with evocative images, the book brings to life Ely's history, from its annual fairs and the war years, to powerful bishops and famous residents.
Well-known local historian Michael Rouse combines a lively tone with authoritative research to create a unique narrative on his beloved city and the people who have made it.
Michael Rouse is well known locally as an author of historical and cultural works about Ely, not to mention for his long service as a member of both East Cambridgeshire District Council and the City of Ely Council. Michael edited the official guide to the city of Ely for some 20 years, and has written numerous articles for magazines. He is also a founder member of the Ely Society. In 2010 the Cambridgeshire Association for Local History honored him with a Dedicated Service Award for "Long and Dedicated Service in the Field of Local History in Cambridgeshire." He lives in Ely.