The History of the Merchant Taylors' Company

Overview

One of the 'Great Twelve' livery companies of the City of London, the Merchant Taylors' Company has been in existence for some seven hundred years. This history charts the remarkable story of the Company and its members from its origins until the 1950s, encompassing the lives and achievements of men such as Sir Thomas White (founder of St John's College, Oxford) and the celebrated chronicler, John Stow, as well as the roles played by the Company in the City and beyond in different periods. As well as looking in ...

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Overview

One of the 'Great Twelve' livery companies of the City of London, the Merchant Taylors' Company has been in existence for some seven hundred years. This history charts the remarkable story of the Company and its members from its origins until the 1950s, encompassing the lives and achievements of men such as Sir Thomas White (founder of St John's College, Oxford) and the celebrated chronicler, John Stow, as well as the roles played by the Company in the City and beyond in different periods. As well as looking in detail at the internal life of the Company, the book will also focus on a number of important themes in the wider history of London. These include trade and industry, apprenticeship, the impact of religious change, the foundation of schools and other charities, and the government and politics of the City. In doing so, the book contributes to an understanding of the aims and activities of the livery companies over the centuries, their ability to adapt to changing circumstances and their relevance in a modern world far removed from that in which they were first established.

The History of the Merchant Taylors' Company appeals to a wide range of people interested in the history of London. It is fully illustrated with more than seventy-five black and white and thirty colour illustrations. It is attractively bound in cloth with a full colour dust jacket and matching cloth slipcase.

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Editorial Reviews

Speculum - John Oldland
This is a readable, balanced, thoroughly researched history that places the company firmly within the context of its political, religious, and economic environment.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781902653990
  • Publisher: Maney Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/1/2004
  • Series: Maney Main Publications Series
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 9.18 (w) x 11.42 (h) x 1.34 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Origins : tailors and linen-armourers 3
Ch. 2 'Ghostly treasure' : the fraternity of St. John the Baptist 1350-1530 19
Ch. 3 The government of the medieval company 35
Ch. 4 The company and the craft 49
Ch. 5 Company, city and crown 1350-1500 71
Ch. 6 The company and the reformation 93
Ch. 7 The company and education in the sixteenth century 109
Ch. 8 Daily life in Elizabethan London 127
Ch. 9 The clothworkers, the city and the crown 141
Ch. 10 The turn of the century 151
Ch. 11 Prelude to the Civil War 165
Ch. 12 The company in the civil war 181
Ch. 13 Restoration, fire and rebuilding 199
Ch. 14 Troubled times 211
Ch. 15 The long eighteenth century 225
Ch. 16 The nineteenth century 237
Ch. 17 The twentieth century 249
App. 1 List of masters, 1300-2003 269
App. 2 List of clerks, 1398-2003 275
App. 3 The value of money, 1300-2002 277
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