By Peter Ackroyd
Together with his attribute enthusiasm and erudition, Peter Ackroyd follows his acclaimed London: A Biography with an encouraged inspect the center and the heritage of the English mind's eye. to inform the tale of its evolution, Ackroyd levels throughout literature and portray, philosophy and technological know-how, structure and song, from Anglo-Saxon occasions to the twentieth-century. contemplating what's so much English approximately artists as various as Chaucer, William Hogarth, Benjamin Britten and Viriginia Woolf, Ackroyd identifies a number of occasionally contradictory parts: pragmatism and whimsy, blood and gore, a keenness for the earlier, a take pleasure in eccentricity, and masses extra. an excellent, enticing and infrequently awesome narrative, Albion reveals the manifold nature of English genius.
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1 The hostility of most London citizens and their leaders to the revived republican regime would prevent a successful resettlement of the nation and instead contribute to a rapidly enlarging national crisis. The Commonwealth’s inability to control its capital was at the heart of its failure. The opposition movement that developed in the Corporation of London and that inspired opposition elsewhere sprang from an unexpected and ambiguous convergence of two broad groups dedicated to the pre-1649 constitution in church and state, Reformed Protestants and Anglican loyalists.
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When the Committee spokesmen tried to leave Guildhall, they were forced back by crowds crying for a free parliament. As the common councilmen deliberated their response to these visitors, they were approached by worthies of another inclination altogether: Sir 26 A Narrative of the Proceedings of the Committee of the Militia of London ; Clarke Papers, IV, 91–4, 101–3; Mercurius Politicus 593 (3–10 Nov. 1659); Mordaunt, Letter-book, 96; Guizot, History, II, 283, 285, Whitelocke, Memorials, p.
Albion: The Origins of the English Imagination by Peter Ackroyd