London The Biography of a City An introduction to the history of the development of London and of the social life of its people

  • Title: London: The Biography of a City
  • Author: Christopher Hibbert
  • ISBN: 9780140052473
  • Page: 296
  • Format: Paperback
  • An introduction to the history of the development of London and of the social life of its people.

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    1. Christopher Hibbert

      Christopher Hibbert, MC, FRSL, FRGS 5 March 1924 21 December 2008 was an English writer, historian and biographer He was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the author of many books, including Disraeli, Edward VII, George IV, The Rise and Fall of the House of Medici, and Cavaliers and Roundheads.Described by Professor Sir John Plumb as a writer of the highest ability and in the New Statesman as a pearl of biographers, he established himself as a leading popular historian biographer whose works reflected meticulous scholarship.

    562 thoughts on “London: The Biography of a City”

    1. The prolific late history writer and biographer Christopher Hibbert always makes congenial company, and this Biography of London is no exception Spanning nearly 2,000 years from the city s origins in Roman Britannia through the Edwardian age plus a brief chapter quickly summarizing the modern period up to 1969 this is a very accessible, breezily written, and entertaining history Chapters focus alternately on the physical structure and landmarks of the city helpfully with copious notes on the sur [...]


    2. Although this book another The biography of London, published 1977 was intended for both residents and visitors, it seems clearly appropriate for the latter Most of the chapters, well illustrated in both color and black and white, focus on what visitors see rather than on the everyday lives of Londoners, and the notes point to buildings and other features that could still be seen in the 1960s The notes do not provide any specific identification of quoted material, and Hibbert seems to go way be [...]


    3. London The Biography of a City is a good general overview of London s history from pre Roman times right up to the 1970s Unfortunately the book is currently out of print but is available from any decent library As a Londoner born and bred, I found that Christopher Hibbert has unearthed some facts that I have never heard before I particularly like the sections on the origins of London street names Intended as a general history for the visitor, it is profusely illustrated with paintings, drawings [...]


    4. I liked this straight ahead history of London it s clear, unpretentious, and quite sumptuously illustrated with all kinds of engravings drawings, prints, paintings and a few photographs You do realize that Londoners are quite a bit different from the rest of the English, in much the same way that New Yorkers are quite a bit different from the rest of Americans.A tidbit about the English taste for gin echoes today for people s taste for meth, quoting Henry Fielding The intoxicating draught itself [...]


    5. Necessarily a broad look at London s history then a deep one It is principally a survey of the physical city then anything else It charted the spread of the city, the waves of gentrifications and squalor and talked a lot about architects.It s hard to get away from the fact that this book, written in 1977, is very out of date Great swathes of the information in it are incorrect or apocryphal.Add to that, the history of London from the first world war to the late 60s was done in 2 pages, it would [...]


    6. If you know Londons history there is not much here to say ooh wow But if you are not familiar and even if u are with it this is a lovely book Nicely laid out, nicely written No need to read all in a sitting, I spread it out between other reads Many beautiful color pictures as well as b w to look at I really enjoyed London the Biography of a City.


    7. Interesting views of the various different cities within London London the city of churches, London the city of actors, butchers, merchants, etc.Not a straight history, but each chapter focuses on a different aspect noise or silence, etc.Read roughly half of it in preparation for a trip to London Summer 2014


    8. A good read, though the history ends in 1968 Really enjoyed this one, as well as his biography of Rome.


    9. I don t question this is most likely a very good book but it wasn t my cup of tea I think the reader needs to know about the specifics of London than I do.


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