Royal River: Power, Pageantry & the Thames

Royal River: Power, Pageantry & the Thames


By (author) David Starkey, By (author) Simon Thurley, By (author) Dr. Sarah Monks


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  • Publisher: Scala Publishers Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 244mm x 279mm x 8mm | 1,656g
  • Publication date: 16 May 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1857597001
  • ISBN 13: 9781857597004
  • Illustrations note: col. Illustrations
  • Sales rank: 504,002

Product description

This lavishly illustrated catalogue, published to accompany the major exhibition at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich in 2012, explores the history of the Thames as a stage for Royal power, celebration and symbolism. It provides a thematic overview of major events and key individuals from the Tudor age onwards. Dr David Starkey, the leading authority on Britain's royal history, is the exhibition's guest curator. Dr Starkey and other experts examine the history of the Thames, London's greatest 'street' . The book includes colourful and sometimes unexpected stories of royal arrivals, coronations and marriages; the Lord Mayor s Procession and London s ancient livery companies; ship launches and bridge openings; frost fairs and boat races; and the solemn splendour of Lord Nelson's funeral procession.

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Table of contents

Royal foreword Sponsor s foreword Introduction by David Starkey: London, Flower of Cities All : Royal Ritual and the River Section 1: Royal Power and Pageantry on the Thames. SimonThurley: The Vanishing Architecture of the River Thames; Sarah Monks: Between Country, Court and City: The Thames and the Tides of Royal Power; Julia Sanders: Staging the River. Section 2: The Lord Mayor's Procession. Ian Archer: The City of London and River Pageantry, 1400 - 1856 Section 3: The Eighteenth-Century River. John Bold: The Later History of Greenwich: A River Landscape and Architectural Statement Timothy Jenks: Lord Nelson s Procession by Water: The River Thames and Late-Georgian Naval Spectacle Section 4: The Working River and its Victorian Transformation. Gloria Clifton: The Transformation of the Thames in the Nineteenth Century Section 5: The Thames: The Navy and Royal Yachts. George R. Dalgleish: The visit of George IV to Scotland, August 1822 Section 6: Epilogue: The Thames and British History Jonathan Schneer: England s River: The Thames as a National River Notes Bibliography and Further Reading