Synopses & Reviews
"When a man is tired of London," Samuel Johnson noted in 1777, "he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford." Indeed, for almost two thousand years, London has been the political, cultural, and economic heart of Britain, and one of the great hubs of world affairs.
Now, in this fascinating volume, the doyen of London historians, Francis Sheppard, provides the definitive account of London's diverse past, from its origins as a Roman settlement (founded at the lowest bridgeable point across the Thames) to the world-class metropolis it is today. It provides a vivid account of a city which was the `deere sweete' place which Chaucer loved more than any other city on earth, which was for Dickens his `magic lantern', and to Keats `a great sea', howling for more wrecks. It is also a story of much contrast and remarkable resilience; through great fires and pestilence, civil war, and the Blitz, London has rebuilt and reinvented itself for each generation.
"Sheppard is the great authority to whom we all look up," Roy Porter has written. "He has made the history of London his life's work, and I suspect there's no one in the world with so full a knowledge and so rich a grasp as he of sources, physical fabric, and all manner of details." In this colorful new history, Sheppard takes us on a fascinating voyage through London's past. It is the definitive account of the rise to power of one of the world's great metropolitan centers.
About the Author
is the leading authority on London's past. He is the author of The Treasury of London's Past
and the editor of Survey of London
, volumes twenty-six through forty-one, published between 1956 and 1983. He lives in London.
Table of Contents
Part I Londinium:
1, Urban origins; 2, early Londinium; 3, change and decay
Part II From Londinium to the Chartered City of London, c.400-c.1530:
4, Londinium and Lundenwic c.400-c.886; 5, from Lundenburg to the birth of a municipal commune c.866-1215; 6, the emergence of the medieval capital c.1216-c.1530
Part III The Genesis of Modern London 1530-1700:
7, The rise of the metropolis; 8, religious and educational revolution; 9, political revolutions; 10, the processes of growth; 11, the administration of the metropolis; 12, death and life in London
Part IV Augustan and Georgian London 1700-1830:
13, The growth and structure of London; 14, London and the genesis of the industrial economy; 15, religion, education and leisure; 16, metropolitan politics and metropolitan class
Part V Metropolitan and Imperial London 1830-1914:
17, structures of the modern metropolis; 18, the people of London; 19, the imperial and global metropolis
Part VI The Uncertain Metropolis 1914-1997:
20, the inter-war years 1914-1939; World War II 1939-1945; disruptions, 1945-1997; valediction
Appendix 1 Estimates of the Population of London 1550-1801
Appendix 2 The Population of London and the South East Region 1801-1991
Notes, Bibliography, Index