Bristol: A Historical and Topographical Account of the City
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Media: DATA CD - 1 CD
Author: W. Harvey & E. New
Year: (1906) 2008
Publisher: Archive CD Books Ireland
Written by Alfred Harvey, M.B., "Bristol: A Historical and Topographical Account of the City" was first published in London in 1906, containing some 300 printed pages it includes more than forty pen and ink drawings by E.H. New.
Harvey's history of Bristol is less a chronological account of the city and more a thematic account of some of the city's history and better-known institutions. The history is introduced by an account of the early origins of the city, both Celt and Dane, before quickly moving onto the history of the City during the reigns of the Norman and Plantagenet Kings from. Harvey provides an interesting account of the City as witnessed by the Normans, which was then ranked as one of the largest and most important in the kingdom, and accounts for the chief historical events that beset the city between the reigns of William I and Edward III, which include the granting of the Charter to freemen of the City by King John, the disastrous reign of King Stephen and the plague years of the fourteenth century.
The Plantagenet history of Bristol is followed by a description of the City from the fourteenth to the fifteenth century, a period that witnessed Bristol ranked as the second most important city in the kingdom next to London and a port that was easily the most pre-eminent in the country. The Chapter entitled 'Bristol under later sovereigns' details opens with the reigns of the early Stuart monarchs and the growing favour of trade from London rather than Bristol. Indeed, throughout Harvey's history of Bristol it is the mercantile question that dominates more than the politics of Kings and with the Coronation of Charles II the rejuvenation of Bristol is witnessed through its near-monopoly of trade with the West Indies and the vast wealth that this generated for the city.
Republished here on fully-searchable CD-ROM, Harvey's History of Bristol with its many attendant sketches, must appeal to anyone interested in the history, culture and commerce of the City of Bristol spanning more than 2,000 years.
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