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London's Triumph: Merchant Adventurers and the Tudor City
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Stephen Alford
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London's Triumph: Merchant Adventurers and the Tudor City

Stephen Alford



British & Irish history;
Early modern history: c 1450 to c 1700;
Maritime history


336 pages

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Life in Europe was fundamentally changed in the 16th century by the astonishing discoveries of the New World and of direct sea routes to Asia. To start with England was hardly involved and London remained a gloomy, introverted medieval city. But as the century progressed something extraordinary happened.

Stephen Alford's evocative, original and fascinating new book brings to life the network of merchants, visionaries, crooks and sailors who changed London forever.

London's Triumph is above all about the people who made this possible - the families, the guild members, the money-men who were willing to risk huge sums and sometimes their own lives in pursuit of the rare, exotic and desirable. Their ambitions fuelled a new view of the world - initiating a long era of trade and empire, the consequences of which we still live with today.

By:   Stephen Alford
Imprint:   Penguin
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   270g
ISBN:   9780141978116
ISBN 10:   0141978112
Pages:   336
Publication Date:   April 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Stephen Alford is the author of the highly acclaimed The Watchers: A Secret History of the Reign of Elizabeth and is also a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He taught for fifteen years at Cambridge University, where he was a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of History and a Fellow of King's College. He is now Professor of Early Modern British History at the University of Leeds.

Like all the best stories, it is about the timeless tides of power and influence... consistently illuminating and filled with pleasing resonance -- Sinclair McKay * Spectator * A city contending with immigration, religious difference and the threat of violence... the unspoken comparisons that haunt this story are unavoidably poignant * Times Higher Education Supplement * The book is crammed with unexpected sidelights of 16th century London * Times * Vivid and informative... somehow one can't help wondering whether there might be a lesson [here] for British commerce today. -- Noel Malcolm * Telegraph * Exceptionally rich and variegated...This might be a book for ministers to take on holiday in the summer. -- Jessie Childs * Guardian *

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