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Imagining early modern London : perceptions and portrayals of the city from Stow to Strype, 1598-1720

Author: J F Merritt
Publisher: Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2001.
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Congresses
Named Person: John Stow; John Strype
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: J F Merritt
ISBN: 0521773466 9780521773461
OCLC Number: 46364753
Notes: Largely revised papers of a conference held at the Institute of Historical Research in July 1998.
Description: xii, 305 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Perceptions and portrayals of London 1598-1720 / J.F. Merritt --
MEMORIALIZING THE CITY --
John Stow and nostalgic antiquarianism / Patrick Collinson --
The reshaping of Stow's Survey: Munday, Strype, and the Protestant city / J.F. Merritt --
The arts and acts of memorialization in early modern London / Ian Archer --
SPACE, SOCIETY, AND URBAN EXPERIENCE --
City, capital, and metropolis: the changing shape of seventeenth-century London / Vanessa Harding --
Gendered spaces: patterns of mobility and perceptions of London's geography, 1660-1750 / Robert B. Shoemaker --
The publicity of poverty in early eighteenth-century London / Tim Hitchcock --
'To recreate and refresh their dulled spirites in the sweet and wholesome ayre': green space and the growth of the city / Laura Williams --
INVERSION, INSTABILITY, AND THE CITY --
From Troynouvant to Heliogabulus's Rome and back: 'order' and its others in the London of John Stow / Peter Lake --
Perceptions of the crowd in later Stuart London / Tim Harris --
'Making fire': conflagration and religious controversy in seventeenth-century London / Nigel Smith.
Responsibility: edited by J.F. Merritt.
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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 memorialised 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.

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