The House by the Thames

Author(s): Gillian Tindall

World History | Secondhand

49 Bankside is an 18th century house, the last genuine survivor of what was once a long ribbon of houses overlooking the water. It still stands, opposite St Paul's Cathedral, and next door to the re-built Globe theatre and the new bridge, which takes pedestrians across the Thames to Tate Modern. Earlier, there was a medieval inn, the Cardinal's Hat, on the same site. Gillian Tindall makes the whole area - and its long history - live again. Here are the bear-baiting pits and the brothels, the priests' fish ponds and the bishop's underground prison (the 'Clink'), the theatres of Shakespeare's time, and the iron and coal businesses of the industrial revolution. Rich with anecdote and colour, empathetic, scholarly and textured, this is social history at its most enjoyable. Gillian Tindall excels at description and picking out the most fascinating details.

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A masterpiece of miniaturist, social history. In closely examining the history of one house - 49 Bankside - Gillian Tindall tells the story of Southwark and the south bank, the river Thames and indeed of London itself.

Gillian Tindall is well known for the quality of her writing and the meticulous nature of her research. She is a master of 'micro-history', in the sense of taking a 'small' slice of history, examining it closely, and thus making it stand for a 'big' picture. Her most recent book, also about London, was a biography of Hollar, the artist whose maps, drawings and panoramas of the city preserved what London looked like before the Great Fire of 1666. She is also the author of two enduring books on the history of places - The Fields Beneath (about Kentish Town) and City of Gold (about Bombay) - as well as Celestine: 'voices' from a French village and The Journey of Martin Nadaud which saw 19th-century Paris and England through the eyes of a rural stone mason. Gilliam Tindall has also published novels and short stories. She lives with her husband in London.

General Fields

  • : 9780701175931
  • : vinteb
  • : vinteb
  • : 0.47
  • : March 2006
  • : 241mm X 145mm X 25mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Gillian Tindall
  • : Hardback
  • : 942.164
  • : 272
  • : 16pp