The King's City: A History of London During The Restoration: The City that Transformed a Nation

The King's City: A History of London During The Restoration: The City that Transformed a Nation

by Don Jordan

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The King's City: A History of London During The Restoration: The City that Transformed a Nation by Don Jordan

A tantalizing and thrilling history of London at the time of King Charles II, from the acclaimed co-author of The King's Revenge and The King's Bed.

During the reign of Charles II, London was a city in flux. After years of civil war and political turmoil, England's capital became the center for major advances in the sciences, the theatre, architecture, trade and ship-building that paved the way for the creation of the British Empire.

At the heart of this activity was the King, whose return to power from exile in 1660 lit the fuse for an explosion in activity in all spheres of city life. London flourished, its wealth, vibrancy and success due to many figures famous today including Christopher Wren, Samuel Pepys, and John Dryden — and others whom history has overlooked until now.

Throughout the quarter-century Charles was on the throne, London suffered several serious reverses: the plague in 1665 and the Great Fire in 1666, and severe defeat in the Second Anglo-Dutch War, which brought about notable economic decline. But thanks to the genius and resilience of the people of London, and the occasionally wavering stewardship of the King, the city rose from the ashes to become the economic capital of Europe.

The King's City tells the gripping story of a city that defined a nation and birthed modern Britain — and how the vision of great individuals helped to build the richly diverse place we know today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681777023
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 02/06/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 571,111
File size: 15 MB
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About the Author

Don Jordan has twice won a Blue Ribbon Award at the New York Film and Television Festival and has written four books with Michael Walsh. He lives in London.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Part 1 1660-1663: The Years of Optimism

1 A City of Expectation 3

2 The King Comes In 29

3 Theatrum Redux! 45

4 Something for Everyone? 57

5 Rivals 76

6 The Crowning of a King 93

7 'Too Great an Honour for a Trifle' 104

8 Foreign Adventures 122

Part 2 1664-1667: The Years of Disaster

9 Trade Wars 139

10 A New World of Science 154

11 The Year of the Flea 169

12 Pestilence, War and Fire 194

13 The Aftermath 213

14 A Star is Born 231

Part 3 1667-1685: The Years of Turmoil

15 The Threat from Abroad 243

16 New Territories 255

17 Law and Order 268

18 A Spy in the Family, in the Court and in the Theatre 285

19 Trading in People and Money 302

20 War and Enterprise 316

21 The Mood of the City 330

22 Coffee Wars at Home, Real Wars in the Colonies 349

23 City Life 363

24 The City Convulsed 377

25 The Fall of Madam Creswell and the Migration of Criminals 394

26 The City Cowed, the City Triumphant 415

27 Death and Legacy 432

Epilogue 438

Appendix I Thomas Mun, England's Treasure 453

Appendix II The Navigation Act 1660 457

Appendix III Robert Boyle's Desiderata 461

Appendix IV Brief Observations Concerning Trade and Interest of Money 463

Appendix C Notes on the Formation of the Bank of England 469

Notes 473

Bibliography 489

Acknowledgements 503

Index 505

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