The Great Mirror of Folly
Finance, Culture, and the Crash of 1720
Inspired by the world’s first major stock-market crash, the South Sea and Mississippi Bubbles, Het groote tafereel der dwaasheid (‘The Great Mirror of Folly’) was published in Amsterdam in late 1720. The book was a compilation of written and visual documents that had circulated during the ‘bubble’. In the present volume, 16 illustrated essays discuss aspects of the Tafereel and the light it sheds on finance and human folly; while a section of plates reproduces 69 of its original pages.
The Cistercians in the Early Middle Ages
Published to mark the nonacentenary of the foundation of the Cistercian order at Citeaux in 1098, this volume portrays the growth and the cultural, spiritual and economic life of the 'white monks'. Williams's study is concerned with the first 250 years of Cistercian history, the so-called 'Golden Age' that was brought to an end by the Black Death. The book includes numerous maps and plans, a chapter on the Cistercian-affiliated nunneries and an extensive bibliography of primary and secondary sources.
London Landscapes in the Early Nineteenth Century
London has more green space than almost any other city of comparable size. This innovative study explains how this came about. Extensively illustrated with historical maps and plans, it shows how the principles of landscape gardening developed for country houses in the 18th century were imported into the expanding metropolis in the 19th. The results, from the garden squares of Bloomsbury to the green expanses of the Royal Parks, give the city much of its character today.
Factory Production in Nineteenth-Century Britain
This anthology brings together writings that suggest the scope of responses – from wondrous celebration to apocalyptic horror – elicited by the advent and establishment of the factory system in 19th century Britain. Addressing complex questions about the possible effects of mass production on human life and labour, the collection includes important works by Adam Smith, Ruskin, Carlyle and Morris alongside extracts from lesser-known factory tourists' tales and inspectors' reports, a Luddite pamphlet and a cotton mill worker's autobiography.
Charters and Custumnals of the Abbey of Holy Trinity, Caen
Part Two: The French Estates
By the early 13th century the Norman abbey of Caen had amassed extensive property in both England and France. This volume provides a critical edition of early documents concerning the French estates: 21 original charters from before 1230, two series of surveys made c.1113 and c.1175–80, and 27 further documents from the abbey's cartulary. Each Latin text is furnished with an English summary and notes, and Walmsley's introduction highlights the information the documents provide about society and administration.