The City on the Thames

October 31, 2020
The City on the Thames

By the former editor of the London Times, avivid, evocative, and deeply knowledgeable history of this uniqueworld capital.London: a settlement founded by the Romans, occupied by theSaxons, conquered by the Danes, and ruled by the Normans.This transformative place became a medieval maze ofalleys and courtyards, later to be checkered with grandestates of Georgian splendor. It swelled with industryand became the center of the largest empire in history. Andhaving risen from the rubble of the Blitz, it is now oneof the greatest cities in the world.From the prehistoric occupants of the Thames Valley tothe preoccupied commuters of today, Simon Jenkins bringstogether the key events, individuals and trends inLondon's history to create a matchless portrait of thecapital. He masterfully explains the battles that determinedhow London was conceived and built—and especially theperennial conflict between money and power.Based in part on his experiences of and involvement inthe events that shaped the post-war city, and with histrademark color and authority, Simon Jenkins shows above allhow London has taken shape over more than two thousandyears. Fascinating for locals and visitors alike, thisis narrative history at its finest, from the most ardentprotector of British heritage.