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The Annals of London: A Year-by-Year Record of a Thousand Years of History

Richardson, John

Published by Cassell Papberbacks, 2001
ISBN 10: 184188135X / ISBN 13: 9781841881355
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Title: The Annals of London: A Year-by-Year Record ...

Publisher: Cassell Papberbacks

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Soft Cover

Book Condition: Good+


Good+ condition. Light shelf wear, rubbing and minor soiling on covers and spine. Inscribed to previous owner in flyleaf. Clean pages. Tight binding. (F72). Bookseller Inventory # 100113262

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Synopsis: The Annals of London chronicles the events which have changed the face of London and engaged, diverted or outraged its inhabitants in the years since the settlement of Londinium was first established shortly after the second Roman invasion of Britain in AD 43. After an introductory essay on Roman London and the city's fortunes under the Saxons, Danes and others who took over after the Romans left, year-by-year entries range consecutively when there is a story to tell, from the building of the first Westminster Abbey in 1065 to the Millennium celebrations in 1999. Along the way we watch the city grow from the centre out to the suburbs and observe businesses and buildings, sacred and secular, being started, ruined, rebuilt and metamorphosed into the forms familiar to us today - four versions of the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, for example, and also of the Whitehall Banqueting House, where in 1649 we see Charles I lose his head with a universal grone among the thousands of people who were in sight of it . Londoners liked executions - not to mention theatres, gardens, music halls, ceremonies, oddities, shops, sports and the occasional riot. They helped take their minds off the plagues, fires, wars and freakish weather. Richardson records all this, with judicious quotes from contemporary writers.

Product Description: There is a mine of information in this large, illustrated chronicle of London which presents almost a thousand years of history through year-by-year accounts. After a general overview of prehistoric and Saxon London, Richardson begins with 1065 and the causes of the Norman Conquest and ends with the erection of the Dome and the London Eye. In between are entries which illustrate the daily life, disasters and achievements of London as well as other events, such as the siege of 1141 and the plague in 1348, which reflect national crises. The entries record the gradual construction of the London that can be seen today, such as the building campaigns at the Tower of London and the destruction of many of its buildings. An enjoyable read on London's past.

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