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    Citizen and mercer: Sir Thomas Gresham and the social and political world of the city of London

    Harding, Vanessa (1999) Citizen and mercer: Sir Thomas Gresham and the social and political world of the city of London. In: Ames-Lewis, F. (ed.) Sir Thomas Gresham and Gresham College. Abingdon, UK: Ashgate Publishing Ltd, pp. 24-37. ISBN 9781840146417.

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    Book synopsis: In March 1997 the Society for Renaissance Studies and Gresham College together organised a conference to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Gresham College’s foundation. The papers delivered at that conference and assembled in this book examine why Gresham College was established, and how its purposes and activities dovetailed with the socio-cultural life of Elizabethan and Stuart London. The first group of papers considers the social and mercantile career of Sir Thomas Gresham within the commercial centre of Elizabethan London; why he wished to establish Gresham College; and what functions he may have intended it to serve. The second group sets the academic activities of the College and its professors within the broader context of contemporary intellectual life. Papers in this group consider in what ways early Gresham professors contributed in particular to developments in the more practical disciplines such as geometry and astronomy.


    Item Type: Book Section
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2017 12:06
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:31


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