Events such as the Fire of London and the Plague, and locations like the Globe, are part of the capital's heritage. Between 1500 and 1750 London underwent exceptional changes. Its population soared from around 50,000 in 1500 to approximately 200,000 in 1600 and by 1700 it was nearly half a million. Whereas in 1500 it contained only 4 per cent of the population of England, by 1750 it was over 11 per cent. This demographic explosion transformed the nature of the city. From being a relatively close knit community it became a vast and rootless metropolis, as big as the great cities of Europe. Londoners came to rely more on newsprint than gossip to find out what was going on and the period saw a rapid expansion in publishing and literacy. The size and diversity of London made it a centre of new social and sexual identities and a solvent of older, more hierarchical forms of social organisation. The essays in this volume range widely, covering the themes of polis and the police, gender and sexuality, space and place, and material culture and consumption.
Within these themes the reader encounters thieves, prostitutes, litigious wives, the poor, disease, "great quantities of gooseberry pye" and the very taxing question of fresh water.
Paul Griffiths is Professor of British History, Iowa State University. Mark S. R. Jenner is Lecturer in History at the University of York
Preface Abbreviations List of tables and figures Introduction 1. Ian Archer 'Popular politics in 16th and early 17th century London' 2. Michael Berlin, 'Reordering ritual: the parish and ceremony in London, 1520-1640' 3. Tim Wales, 'Thief-takers and their clients in London, c.1670-1720' 4. Faramerz Dabhoiwala, 'The pattern of sexual immorality in seventeenth and eigthteenth-century London' 5. Maragret R. Hunt, 'London wives and marital 'rights' in the Court of Exchequer in the early eighteenth century' 6. Laura Gowing, '"The freedom of the streets": women and social space in London, 1560-1640' 7. Margaret Pelling, 'Skirting the city? Disease, social change and divided huoseholds in the seventeenth-century metropolis' 8. Paul Griffiths, '"Uniformity" in the Goldsmiths' Row: visualizing order in early Stuart Cheapside' 9. Jeremy Boulton, 'The poor among the rich: a long-term view of pauperism in London's West End' 10. Sara Pennell, '"Great quantities of gooseberry pye and baked clod of beef": victualling and eating out in early modern London' 11. Mark Jenner, 'From conduit community to commercial network? Water in London, 1500-1725'
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Politics, Culture, and Society in Early Modern Britain
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Paul Griffiths, Mark S. R. Jenner
Essays in the Cultural and Social History of Early Modern London c.1500-c.1750