Williamsburg Regional Library

London's triumph, merchants, adventurers, and money in Shakespeare's city, Stephen Alford - HB

During the sixteenth century, England was being transformed economically by the astonishing discoveries of the New World and of direct sea routes to Asia. At the start of the century, London was a gloomy, introverted medieval city. But as the century progressed, London was placed at the center of the world stage. Alford brings to life the network of merchants, visionaries, crooks, and sailors who changed London and England forever. As English ships were suddenly found all over the world, the people who made this possible are as interesting as any of those at court
Table Of Contents
A merchant's world -- Londoners -- Landmarks -- In Antwerp's shadow -- "Love, serve, and obey" -- Searching for Cathay -- A Russian embassy -- The brothers Isham -- "So fair a bourse in London" -- Aliens and strangers -- "Travails, pains, and dangers" -- Flourishing lands -- The unknown limits -- Master Lok's disgrace -- Shylock's victory -- St Bartholomew the Less -- Change and nostalgia -- To the East Indies -- Virginia richly valued -- Time past, time present
Literary Form
non fiction
First U.S. edition.
Physical Description
xx, 316 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates, color illustrations, color maps, 25 cm

Library Locations

  • Williamsburg Library

    515 Scotland Street, Williamsburg, VA, 23185, US