The Story of the Thames

The Story of the Thames

by Andrew Sargent

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ISBN-13: 9781445646626
Publisher: Amberley Publishing
Publication date: 07/03/2015
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Andrew lives not far from Oxford in the Thames valley. Local history and archaeology have always been his passions. After taking a doctorate in archaeology from Cambridge University he worked for English Heritage for over 20 years. He has published numerous articles on aspects of archaeology as well as monographs on the history of photography. This book arose naturally out of his varied interests.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 6

1 The Context: Climate, Environment and Human Interference 7

2 The Ancient River: The First Inhabitants, from 500,000 to 5000 BP 20

3 The Sacred River: Ritual, Ceremony and Power from the Neolithic to the Iron Age 33

4 The Quiet River: Roman Conquest and Provincial Life 59

5 The Harried River: The Struggle for Anglo-Saxon England 85

6 The Meandering River: The Creation of England and the Middle Ages 105

7 The Broken River: From the Tudors to the Great Fire of London 126

8 The Working River: Industry and Empire, Seventeenth Century to the Present 139

9 The Defended River: A Weak Link in the Nation's Armour 167

10 The Recreational River: Frost Fairs, Pleasure Gardens and Poetry 174

11 The Preserved River: Preserving the Thames Valley 194

12 The Once and Future River 206

Notes 210

Further Reading 214

Index 216

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