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Circled with Stone

Exeter's City Walls, 1485-1660

Circled with Stone by Mark Stoyle
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The city of Exeter was one of the great provincial capitals of early modern England. From the accession of Henry VII to the eve of the Civil War, Exeter consistently ranked among the five or six most populous English provincial cities, with a population which steadily increased from around 8,000 in 1525 to perhaps as many as 12,000 by 1642. Ruled by a group of wealthy urban oligarchs—who were collectively known as the ‘Chamber’, or the ‘Council of Twenty-Four’—Exeter had grown fat on the profits of trade. The city stood at the lowest crossing point on the River Exe and was ideally placed both to dominate and to exploit its own rich agricultural hinterland and to pursue a vigorous overseas trade through the port of Topsham.
Exeter University Press; January 2014
283 pages; ISBN 9780859899079
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Title: Circled with Stone
Author: Mark Stoyle