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London: The Illustrated History Hardcover – 6 Nov 2008

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Allen Lane; 01 edition (6 Nov. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846141257
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846141256
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 2.8 x 28.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 653,232 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John Clark and Dr Cathy Ross run the ancient and modern sections of the Museum of London. The museum was founded in 1976 to provide an archaeology of the city and the daily life of its past. Its remarkable collection brings London’s diverse history to life.


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I borrowed this book from the public library and liked it so much that I bought it from Amazon. As a history graduate of UCL (many years ago), I warmed to the book's treatment of topics within a framework of broadly-titled historical periods. The Museum of London is great to visit, probably the best place for people interested in the history of London, and I recognised many of the artefacts used to illustrate the text. As the book is closely associated with the museum, I'm sure it's a completely reliable source - fascinating to dip into or read at length.
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This a lavishly illustrated "coffee table" book showing the history of London from the time of the Romans until sometime last week. The book was written by two of the curators of the Museum of London and its easy to see they know what they're about.

Each epoch is covered by a chapter which starts with the contemporary footprint of London superimposed in a base map common to all the chapters. It is easy to see the growth of Roman "Lundinium", its abandonment for the settlement of Lundenwic just upstream, and the repopulation of the old Roman walled city during the 10th century. Each chapter covers the main industries, the size of the population and their daily lives as well as architecture and surviving examples. I spent about 6 hours methodically poring over the illustrations. It was absolutely enthralling.
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One of a number of map based London histories this is the most recent and one of the best. The authors are based at the Museum of London and so its sourcing is reliable, its themes include the historic and the contemporary and like all such map based books it is highly selective. The cost reflects its high production values.
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If you are after a definitive, yet easy to read and entertaining book on the history of London this is a must have. I love this book!!!!
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