Tudor Bath: Life and Strife in the Little City 1485-1603 - John WroughtonBath: The Lansdown Press, 2006, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Strip of sunning to the join of the upper panel.
Signed by the author, in name only, on the half-title page — without provenance. Includes: Street plans; Black & white photographs, within the text; Black & white drawings;
From the cover: “This volume, which is a companion volume to the author’s Stuart Bath: Life in the Forgotten City, 1603-1714 (2004), breaks completely new ground by covering one of the most colourful and exciting period in the city’s history — a period when Bath was transformed from a quiet backwater into a thriving health resort.
By 1485, the city was being described as ‘a sort of paradise’ — a place where time stood still; where inhabitants centred their lives around farming, the cloth trade and the local parish church; a place dominated by the monks of Bath Priory. Then suddenly the community was rocked by a series of national events, which changed their lives and threatened their livelihood — the Dissolution of the Monasteries, the Reformation, the Puritan Revolution, the Spanish Armada and the decline of the cloth trade.
The astute and ruthless businessmen who made up the corporation, however, developed a masterplan to revive the city’s ailing economy by using cavalier and highly dubious tactics. In a lively and colourful account, John Wroughton gives a graphic description of the lives of the people, their homes and their beliefs -and the excitement aroused by the visit of Queen Elizabeth I in 1574.”