A new book on London

by on February 11, 2013 at 1:32 pm in Uncategorized | Permalink

…between 1563 and 1665, on average every 25 years or so, London saw about a  tenth or more of its population simply wiped out.

That is from the new and excellent book London: A Social and Cultural History, 1550-1750, by Robert O. Buchholz and Joseph P. Ward.  This book was much fresher and original than I was expecting it to be and I can give it a strong recommendation.  I, too, was thinking I didn’t want to read another tired book about the history of London.

dearieme February 11, 2013 at 2:50 pm

“…between 1563 and 1665, on average every 25 years or so, London saw about a tenth or more of its population simply wiped out”: OK, but what’s the bad news?

Donald Pretari February 11, 2013 at 2:54 pm

I downloaded it, feeling just as you did. During those years, it’s always a good idea to remind yourself of what was going on in Southern Europe, e.g., Fighting the Ottomans.

Edward Burke February 11, 2013 at 4:01 pm

G. C. Lichtenberg, writing c. 1790 (but using data dating from ???? to ????), cited “London tables of mortality” covering a recent 75-year period to compare 539 murders committed in London with 2869 suicides, and with 139,248 succumbing to old age while noting further: “It is nice to see that roughly as many die of old age as die of the pox.” (Waste Books, Notebook J, #83: Hollingdale tr.).

FERGUS O'ROURKE February 19, 2013 at 11:43 am

“…another tired book about the history of London.”

But sir ! When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life !

:-)

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