A History

Author: Francis Sheppard

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780192853691

Category: History

Page: 442

View: 7861

London has for most of 2000 years been the hub of the political, economic, and cultural life of the British Isles. No other city has held such a dominant national position for so long. This new study, by the doyen of London historians, describes London's diverse past, from its origins as aRoman settlement at the first bridging of 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.


Author: Edward Rutherfurd

Publisher: Fawcett Books

ISBN: 0449002632

Category: Fiction

Page: 1126

View: 7123

The triumphs and failures of seven individual family clans span the history of a city from the third-century Roman occupation of Londinium through such eras as the Norman conquest and the Elizabethan period

The Shows of London

Author: Richard Daniel Altick

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674807310

Category: History

Page: 553

View: 6080

An examination of London exhibitions as they evolved from displays of relics in pre-Reformation churches, through the collections of eighteenth-century virtuosi, to the first science museums and public galleries of the mid-Victorian period illuminates English social history

Down and Out in Paris and London

Author: George Orwell

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 9780547488547

Category: Fiction

Page: 228

View: 4196

This unusual fictional account, in good part autobiographical, narrates without self-pity and often with humor the adventures of a penniless British writer among the down-and-out of two great cities. In the tales of both cities we learn some sobering Orwellian truths about poverty and society.



Author: Bridget Cherry,Nikolaus Pevsner

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300096538

Category: Architecture

Page: 810

View: 7116

This volume on London architecture covers the boroughs of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey and Islington. It gives a view of London's expansion northward from formal Georgian squares, to the hill towns of Hampstead and Highgate.

London and the Culture of Homosexuality, 1885-1914

Author: Matt Cook

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521822077

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 223

View: 1273

London and the Culture of Homosexuality explores the relationship between London and male homosexuality from the criminalization of all 'acts of gross indecency' between men in 1885 to the outbreak of the First World War in 1914 - years marked by an intensification in concern about male-male relationships and also by the emergence of an embryonic homosexual rights movement. Taking his cue from literary and lesbian and gay scholars, urban historians and cultural geographers, Matt Cook combines discussion of London's homosexual subculture and various major and minor scandals with a detailed examination of representations in the press, in science and in literature. The conjunction of approaches used in this study provides insights into the development of ideas about the modern homosexual and into the many different ways of comprehending and taking part in London's culture of homosexuality.

Quiet London

Author: Siobhan Wall

Publisher: Frances Lincoln

ISBN: 1781011893

Category: Travel

Page: 144

View: 915

Where can Londoners and visitors find quiet places to meet and talk? London is an exciting place to be, but not everyone wants to be in a noisy environment listening to loud music. Perhaps they want to be somewhere where they can read a book, or sit and linger for a while. Many visitors to the capital long to discover places off the beaten track - find a delightful garden to sit in or a tree-lined walk by a river. Busy Londoners are often looking for somewhere to go which is an alternative to lively venues; a place where things are understated rather than grabbing their attention... Quiet London is a guide to quiet places to meet, drink, eat, swim, rest, shop, sleep or read. It includes interesting, attractive places where people don't have to strain to hear each other speak. There are short descriptions for each venue, alongside travel and contact details and simple but atmospheric photographs in colour and black and white.


A Musical Gazetteer

Author: Lewis Foreman,Susan Foreman

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300104028

Category: Music

Page: 371

View: 1673

The essential companion to musical London

On the construction and decoration of the Shop Fronts of London, illustrated with ... coloured representation ... By N. W. Forming an appendix to the Decorative Painter and Glazier's Guide, by the same author

Author: Nathaniel WHITTOCK

Publisher: N.A



Page: N.A

View: 2468

Streets of London

Author: Mendo

Publisher: TeNeues

ISBN: 9783961711178

Category: Photography

Page: 223

View: 1419

A candid photo portrait of London by more than 40 contemporary photographers Fresh perspectives on well-known landmarks as well as hidden London treasures A refreshing update of the 'classic' London photo book featuring photographers with strong online followings

I Never Knew That About London

Author: Christopher Winn

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 1429941111

Category: Travel

Page: 304

View: 6624

Discover hundreds of fascinating facts about London in this enthralling miscellany Travelling through the villages and districts that make up the world's most dynamic metropolis, Christopher Winn takes us on a captivating journey around London to unearth the hidden gems of legends, firsts, inventions, adventures and birthplaces that shape the city's compelling and at times turbulent past. See the Chelsea river views that inspired Turner and find out where London's first nude statue is. Explore London's finest country house in Charlton and unearth the secrets of the Mother of Parliaments. Discover which church steeple gave us the design of the traditional wedding cake, where the sandwich was invented and where in Bond Street you can see London's oldest artifact. Visit the house where Handel and Jimi Hendrix both lived. Climb the famous 311 steps of the Monument and fly the world's biggest Ferris wheel. Brimming with stories and snippets providing spellbinding insight into what has shaped the city, I Never Knew That About London is a beautifully illustrated gem of a book that informs and amuses in equal measure. "Will not fail to enhance months, even years, of gentle urban exploration...Any number of morning or weekend outings can be constructed from these rich pages... the selections and observations remain unfailingly interesting." --The Guardian (UK) I Never Knew That: Tucked away below Clive Steps at the end of King Charles Street can be found the small underground rooms where Winston Churchill and the War Cabinet met during the air raids of the Second World War. The first-ever Valentine Card was written from the Tower, where in 1415 the recently imprisoned Duke of Orleans composed a love poem to his wife. The measurement of one foot comes from the length of the foot of St. Algar's statue, carved on the base of one of the columns near the entrance of St. Paul's Cathedral. The design for the traditional wedding cake is drawn from the steeple of St. Bride's church in Fleet Street.


Author: Paul Mason

Publisher: Evans Brothers

ISBN: 9780237530990

Category: London (England)

Page: 61

View: 2324

By 2007, the world will pass from being a mainly rural to a mainly urban population. Large cities, including mega cities with more than 10 million people, present key challenges relating to sustainable development and citizenship. Each title in this new geography series reveals reasons for the city's location and the structure of the population, and explores environmental issues such as transport, waste, pollution and wildlife, city economy, culture, leisure and tourism and look to the future.


The Novel

Author: Edward Rutherfurd

Publisher: Ballantine Books

ISBN: 0307806022

Category: Fiction

Page: 1152

View: 9543

“A TOUR DE FORCE . . . London tracks the history of the English capital from the days of the Celts until the present time. . . . Breathtaking.”—The Orlando Sentinel A master of epic historical fiction, Edward Rutherford gives us a sweeping novel of London, a glorious pageant spanning two thousand years. He brings this vibrant city's long and noble history alive through his saga of ever-shifting fortunes, fates, and intrigues of a half-dozen families, from the age of Julius Caesar to the twentieth century. Generation after generation, these families embody the passion, struggle, wealth, and verve of the greatest city in the Old World. Praise for London “Remarkable . . . The invasion by Julius Caesar’s legions in 54 B.C. . . . The rise of chivalry and the Crusades . . . The building of the Globe theatre . . . and the coming of the Industrial Revolution. . . . What a delightful way to get the feel of London and of English history. . . . We witness first-hand the lust of Henry VIII. We overhear Geoffrey Chaucer deciding to write The Canterbury Tales. . . . Each episode is a punchy tale made up of bite-size chunks ending in tiny cliffhangers.”—The New York Times “Hold-your-breath suspense, buccaneering adventure, and passionate tales of love and war.”—The Times (London) “Fascinating . . . A sprawling epic.”—San Francisco Chronicle

This is London

Life and Death in the World City

Author: Ben Judah

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 1447274806

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: N.A

View: 5412

'Judah grabs hold of London and shakes out its secrets' The Economist This is London in the eyes of its beggars, bankers, coppers, gangsters, carers, witch-doctors and sex workers. This is London in the voices of Arabs, Afghans, Nigerians, Poles, Romanians and Russians. This is London as you've never seen it before. 'An eye-opening investigation into the hidden immigrant life of the city' Sunday Times 'Full of nuggets of unexpected information about the lives of others . . . It recalls the journalism of Orwell' Financial Times

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The Shaping of a City

Author: Christopher Brooke,Christopher Nugent Lawrence Brooke,Gillian Keir

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520026865

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 424

View: 1876

The History of the Royal Society of London for Improving of Natural Knowledge from Its First Rise, in which the Most Considerable of Those Papers Communicated to the Society, which Have Hitherto Not Been Published, are Inserted as a Supplement to the Philosophical Transactions

Author: Thomas Birch

Publisher: N.A



Page: N.A

View: 6509

Opera in London

Views of the Press, 1785-1830

Author: Theodore Fenner

Publisher: SIU Press

ISBN: 9780809319121

Category: Music

Page: 788

View: 8801

Theodore Fenner’s Opera in London offers a vivid portrait of the operatic and cultural life of a London under the influence of Romanticism as perceived by the English press and the public who viewed the performances. In part 1, Fenner discusses the rise of the periodical press in early nineteenth-century London and the critics of these publications who reviewed opera performances, such as Leigh Hunt and William Hazlitt. Fenner lists in the appendixes for part 1 the leading periodicals—including the Althenaeum, Examiner, and Spectator,— the critics, and reviews by leading critics. Fenner, in part 2, examines the productions of Italian opera in London at the King’s Theatre, including the problems in theatre management and financing; the varied nature of the audience; the operas and performances— those that were popular and those that failed in the words of the critics and the responses of the audience; the singers; and themes and attitudes of the period as expressed by the critics. In part 3, Fenner explores the same topics for the English operas presented at Drury Lane, Covent Garden, and other playhouses. Parts 2 and 3 also contain extensive appendixes listing seasonal and annual performances and reviews, productions by composers and by librettists, comic and serious productions, operas by known playwrights, and minor singers. Forty-eight illustrations of singers, critics, performances, composers, and theatres add to the richness of this study.