A new book on London

…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.

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"…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?

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.

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.).

"...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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