Sir Thomas Gresham and Gresham College: Studies in the Intellectual History of London in the 16th - 17th Centuries

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Papers from a March 1997 conference examine why Gresham College was established, and how its purposes and activities dove-tailed with the socio-cultural life of Elizabethan and Stuart London. Early papers consider the social and mercantile career of Sir Thomas Gresham within the commercial center of Elizabethan London, and discuss why he wished to establish the College and what functions he intended it to serve. Later papers set the academic activities of the College within the broader context of contemporary intellectual life. Includes b&w photos and illustrations of grounds of the College and its many works of art. The editor is associated with Birbeck College, University of London. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781840146417
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 5/1/1999
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.46 (w) x 9.49 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Table of Contents

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Notes on contributors
1 Reconstructing London: Sir Thomas Gresham and Bishopsgate 1
2 Sir Thomas and the 'House of Gresham': activities of a mercer-merchant adventurer 13
3 Citizen and mercer: Sir Thomas Gresham and the social and political world of the city of London 24
4 Failed transmission: Sir Thomas Gresham, reproduction, and the background to Gresham's professorship of physic 38
5 Early insurance in and around the Royal Exchange 62
6 Sculpture at the Royal Exchange in the seventeenth century 77
7 Civic rhetoric, 1560-1640 88
8 Plato in the Tudor academies 106
9 Testimonia humanitatis: the early lectures of Henry Savile 125
10 'No sma1l force': natural philosophy and mathematics in Thomas Gresham's London 146
11 Gresham College and London practitioners: the nature of the English mathematical community 174
12 Christopher Wren's Greshamite history of astronomy and geometry 189
13 Why translate Serlio? 198
Index 223
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