London and the Seventeenth Century The Making of the World's Greatest City Margarette Lincoln

Publication date:
09 Feb 2021
Yale University Press
384 pages: 235 x 156mm
16 color illus.

The Gunpowder Plot, the Civil Wars, Charles I’s execution, the Plague, the Great Fire, the Restoration, and then the Glorious Revolution: the seventeenth century was one of the most momentous times in the history of Britain, and Londoners took center stage.
In this fascinating account, Margarette Lincoln charts the impact of national events on an ever-growing citizenry with its love of pageantry, spectacle, and enterprise. Lincoln looks at how religious, political, and financial tensions were fomented by commercial ambition, expansion, and hardship. In addition to events at court and parliament, she evokes the remarkable figures of the period, including Shakespeare, Bacon, Pepys, and Newton, and draws on diaries, letters, and wills to trace the untold stories of ordinary Londoners. Through their eyes, we see how the nation emerged from a turbulent century poised to become a great maritime power with London at its heart—the greatest city of its time.

Margarette Lincoln is a visiting fellow at Goldsmiths, University of London, and curator emeritus of the National Maritime Museum, where she had been deputy director until 2015. She is the author of Trading in War and British Pirates and Society, 1680–1730.