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Imagining Early Modern London

Imagining Early Modern London
Perceptions and Portrayals of the City from Stow to Strype, 1598–1720

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J. F. Merritt, Patrick Collinson, Ian W. Archer, Vanessa Harding, Robert B. Shoemaker, Tim Hitchcock, Laura Williams, Peter Lake, Tim Harris, Nigel Smith
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  • Date Published: September 2001
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521773461

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  • London underwent phenomenal social and cultural change in the century that followed the publication of John Stow's Elizabethan classic A Survey of London. The essays in this book explore for the first time the impact of these dramatic developments upon the mental, social and physical worlds of Londoners during the long seventeenth century. Different essays explore how generations of very different Londoners--men and women, antiquaries, merchants and beggars--experienced, interpreted and responded to their changing environment.

    • 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
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Thoughtful and suggestive analysis..." Journal of Interdisciplinary History

    " informative and well-documented look of individual mental worlds in relation to the city, of its perceptions and portrayals." Comitatus

    "...this volume includes papers that will be invaluable to all students of London history." H-Net Reviews

    "Several of the collection's ten chapters make significant contributions to our comprehension of seventeenth-century London." Sixteenth Century Journal

    "[An] excellent volume of essays." Albion

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2001
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521773461
    • length: 318 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.64kg
    • contains: 6 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Notes on the contributors
    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

  • Editor

    J. F. Merritt, University of Sheffield
    Dr Julia Merritt is Research Fellow in the Department of History, University of Sheffield. Her previous publications include The Political World of Thomas Wentworth, Earl of Strafford, 1621–1641 (Cambridge, 1996).


    J. F. Merritt, Patrick Collinson, Ian W. Archer, Vanessa Harding, Robert B. Shoemaker, Tim Hitchcock, Laura Williams, Peter Lake, Tim Harris, Nigel Smith

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