London’s Triumph: Merchants, Adventurers, and Money in Shakespeare’s City
In London’s Triumph: Merchants, Adventurers, and Money in Shakespeare’s City, Stephen Alford approaches the Tudor era from a less royal point of view than most readers are used to reading and instead sheds light on members of the merchant class.
During this period in English history, while great upheavals at court occurred, so too did they in the world of commerce. Thanks to the seemingly sudden discoveries of new sea routes and new lands, the merchants and those willing to invest heavily in the often risky business of overseas trade and exploration quickly amassed fortunes and gained reputations and status.
Alford does more than paint a general picture of London merchant families, he highlights certain particular men. He gives us well-researched and well-developed characters who actually lived and breathed and helped to build the London merchant class into an economic contender on a global scale. He describes not only the accomplishments of these men, but illuminates the webs that drew the merchant families together and the ways they interacted and supported each other through marriages as well as business dealings.
For the scholar of Tudor London, Stephen Alford provides a valuable resource and has given us an in-depth look at the people who made London what it is today.
|Page Count||336 pages|
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