- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Philip Wilson Publishers Ltd (30 Sept. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1781300208
- ISBN-13: 978-1781300206
- Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 2 x 24.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 331,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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London's Lost Jewels: The Cheapside Hoard Paperback – 30 Sep 2013
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'Hazel Forsyth, the curator, spent years studying letters, stock lists and rent books as well as the objects themselves. Her patient scholarship has unearthed plenty of dubious behaviour, much of it chronicled in her excellent book, London's Lost Jewels.' (The Economist)
'Forsyth has revealed the social context of these jewels in a new book, itself a treasure trove of expertise and a rich visual experience in its own right.' --(World of Interiors)
'Gripping reading' --(New York Times)
'This is a comprehensive, fascinating insight into the Elizabethan and early Stuart jewellery trade in London.' --(The Jeweller Magazine)
'Indispensable to the enjoyment of the exhibition is a well-researched book that includes, besides much previously unpublished information, a gripping account of the murder of a rich gem trader at sea, describing the dangers confronting the enterprising men who brought these rich and rare gems to London for the beautification of English women.' (Apollo Magazine)
'...a landmark publication that delves into the complex and often murky world of the London goldsmith trade.' --(Jewellery History Today)
'...positively cinematic in its drama and detail.' --(Burlington Magazine)
About the Author
Hazel Forsyth is the Senior Curator of the Medieval and Post-Medieval Collections at the Museum of London and curator of The Cheapside Hoard: London's Lost Jewels (11 October 2013-27 April 2014). She is a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a freeman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths.
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Briefly, the 'Hoard' comprises thousands of jewels and pieces of jewellery buried under Goldsmith's Row (just east of St Pauls Cathedral) sometime between 1640 and 1666. No-one knows who buried them, why, or -- perhaps most intriguingly -- why they never retrieved them. Those 26 years which saw the Civil War, the Great Plague and the Fire of London are among the most traumatic that London has ever known (only rivalled by the Blitz), and any of those -- or something entirely different -- could provide the answer. We'll probably never know. What the reader of LONDON'S LOST JEWELS will know by the time they reach page 223, however, is a great deal about the jewellery trade of Elizabethan and Jacobean England, a good deal about individual named jewellers and their wealthy patrons, and a fair bit about the political and social climate of the times.
Did I already remark that the book is beautifully illustrated? Printed on high-quality paper in full colour (except for a few mono prints and cuttings) the sheer beauty of many of the jewels dominates the page. Although some of the pieces appear to have been damaged before they were hidden -- perhaps they'd been brought to a jeweller for repair?Read more ›
It's a book rich with historical detail on the hoard, jewellery making processes and London.
Lots of pictures of the jewellery from the hoard but also, plenty of text, background info about each piece.
I really can not praise this book enough. As a jewellery designer maker, with plenty of books on the subject, this one is in my top 10.
The author has really done their homework in producing this great book, and I love the inclusion of original historical documents the author has been able to source and share.
I would highly recommend this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So sorry I missed the exhibition of this 'find' - the post Elizabethan history - to the Great Fire of London - contained is fascinating and well presentedPublished 14 months ago by retro
No problems & highly recomnend! Lovely book to go with the exhibition at Museum of London.Published 16 months ago by hairdresseronfire
This book was/ is brilliant. I enjoyed it so much and found it fascinating. I have just written my first novel about a jewellery heist and this is brilliant inspiration for a... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Josie Goodbody