The 120 years that separate the first publication of John Stow's famous Survey of London in 1598 from John Strype's enormous new edition of the same work in 1720 witnessed London's transformation into a sprawling augustan metropolis, very different from the compact medieval city so lovingly charted in the pages of Stow. Imagining Early Modern London takes Stow's classic account of the Elizabethan city as a starting point for an examination of how generations of very different Londoners - men and women, antiquaries, merchants, skilled craftsmen, labourers and beggars - experienced and understood the dramatically changing city. A series of interdisciplinary essays explore the ways in which Londoners interpreted and memorialized their past: how individuals located themselves mentally, socially and geographically within the city, and how far the capital's growth was believed to have a moral influence upon its inhabitants.
• Covers a wide chronological range, in a series of essays by outstanding scholars, between the Reformation and the mid-eighteenth century • Covers a wide range of social groups, bringing together work which includes Londoners' experiences from street beggars to the aristocracy • Contains a strong unifying theme of individual perception which binds the different articles together
List of illustrations; Notes on the contributors; Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; Introduction: perceptions and portrayals of London, 1598–1720 J. F. Merritt; Part I. Memorializing the City: 1. John Stow and nostalgic antiquarianism Patrick Collinson; 2. The reshaping of Stow's Survey: Munday, Strype and the Protestant city J. F. Merritt; 3. The arts and acts of memorialization in early modern London Ian W. Archer; Part II. Space, Society and Urban Experience: 4. City, capital and metropolis: the changing shape of seventeenth-century London Vanessa Harding; 5. Gendered spaces: patterns of mobility and perceptions of London's geography, 1660–1750 Robert B. Shoemaker; 6. The publicity of poverty in early eighteenth-century London Tim Hitchcock; 7. 'To recreate and refresh their dulled spirites in the sweet and wholesome ayre': green space and the growth of the city Laura Williams; Part III. Inversion, Instability and the City: 8. From Troynouvant to Heliogabalus's Rome and back: 'order' and its others in the London of John Stow Peter Lake; 9. Perceptions of the crowd in later Stuart London Tim Harris; 10. 'Making fire': conflagration and religious controversy in seventeenth-century London Nigel Smith; Index.
'… the papers are of a consistently high quality, being the more valuable for bringing varied approaches to bear on a range of important issues. The volume will make a very useful addition, not only to the bookshelf of any scholar of London's history, but also to that of the historian of religion, culture and society more generally.' Journal of Ecclesiastical History