A Tour Through the Whole Island of Great Britain
Britain in the early eighteenth century: an introduction that is both informative and imaginative, reliable and entertaining. To the tradition of travel writing Daniel Defoe brings a lifetime's experience as a businessman, soldier, economic journalist and spy, and his Tour (1724-6) is an invaluable source of social and economic history. But this book is far more than a beautifully written guide to Britain just before the industrial revolution, for Defoe possessed a wild, inventive streak that endows his work with astonishing energy and tension, and the Tour is his deeply imaginative response to a brave new economic world. By employing his skills as a chronicler, a polemicist and a creative writer keenly sensitive to the depredations of time, Defoe more than achieves his aim of rendering 'the present state' of Britain.
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88 a long fabulous story : It is a matter of record that Yarmouth and Lowestoft
were long at odds over the rights in the herring fishery, and that the affair came to
the Lords for settlement as late as 1662. 48. p. 92 a murther committed in the
165 Sir John Parsons: Member of an important brewing family and Lord Mayor in
1703-4; d. 1717. His son Humphrey (1676- 1741) was to be Lord Mayor in 1730-
3 1. He was elected an alderman in 1721 and sheriff on 25 June 1722, holding ...
270 Sir Owen Buckingham : A Salter, knighted in 1695, Lord Mayor of London
1704-5, died 1713. 24. p. 271 Sir John Lanier: Military commander, killed at
Steenkirk 1692. Sir John Fenwick : Conspirator (c. 1645-97). Executed 28
January 1697 ...
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This journal of a series of trips "circuits" around England in the 1720's is part travelogue, part witty examination of legends, fables, & "history, part economic catalog, and part survery of facts of England.
It's written by Daniel Defoe-writer, journalist, soldier, & spy. Although less well known than some of his other works, it's well written and worth the effort.
The book captures England on the cusp of dramatic change. England was emerging into peace and prosperity after decades of dynastic and religious wars. Defoe captures English life just at the beginning of industrialization.
While popular with social historians and economists for all the detail it provides about life in this period, Defoe's witty and direct prose make it an interesting read for anyone wanting to learn more about 18th Century England.
A Summary of Defoes Career
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