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A Survey of London: Written in the Year 1598 (History/16th/17th Century History) Paperback – Sep 1994

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Sutton Publishing Ltd; New edition edition (Sept. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750908270
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750908276
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,122,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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An essential volume for anyone seeking to understand the cultural history and topography of Tudor London, and powerful testimony to the complex mix of pride and nostalgia that the metropolis could inspire in its citizens in the late sixteenth century. Years Work in English Studies --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Oct. 2004
Format: Paperback
An awesome book, Stow allows us walk a while with the ghosts of London past. Be it wondering what the great debates the school boys of London's schools would have when they would sneak through a hole in the wall to see 'who was the best', or the vibrancy of the city street life, Stow's book gives us this magical guide to a bye-gone age.
It isn't the easiest read- Stow was possessed with the desire to record the 'history' of the city as he knew it; several passages refer to 'past times' (ranging from the 1100's up to 1600), but it is a wonderful guide for all of that.
So, if you want to know the actual names of the stews (brothels) on Bankside, or who was buried in a given church, or how property developers had torn up many a graceful building at the time, Stow is THE book.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
This is the main source for 16-17th century London 20 Dec. 2006
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Much of what we know about 16th-17th Century London comes from this book. Unlike other European cities, such as Venice, few 17th century surface features or buildings survive in London: due to the Great Fire of 1666, the attentions of the Luftwaffe in 1940-1 and wholesale demolition in the Victorian period. A time-travelling William Shakespeare would recognise the City of London's street plan, but little else. This book then is an indispensible resource for students and historians of the city and its occupants at this time. The original text went through many editions, many acquiring wonderful engravings of street scenes and buildings.
A great addition to my Elizabethan library 3 July 2013
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Stow's Survey covers the entire city of London in VERY close detail, and is a superb introduction to the city in its Elizabethan guise. Published a year before The Theatre was moved across the river to become the Globe Theatre, it's a tantalizing look at the city just at the moment when English theatre was beginning to produce the great world classics for which it is famed. A must-have for those who love the city, for Shakespeareans and English history buffs--and even for writers of historical novels (e.g. Antonia Fraser, who wrote the introduction), as well as those writing engaging barstool histories such as Pete Brown's Shakespeare's Pub. It's a book that one need not read in linear fashion (from front to back), but enjoyable as a deep well into which one may sample at random.
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