Citizen of London: Richard Whittington - The Boy Who Would Be Mayor (Hardcover)

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This book brings to life the extraordinary story of Richard Whittington, from his arrival in London as a young boy to his death in 1423, against a backdrop of plague, political instability and war; turbulence between Crown, City and Commons; and the financial demands of three kings, to whom Whittington was mercer, lender and fixer.

Whittington was a man determined to follow his own path, in life and in death, and a significant figure in London's ceaseless development. As an entrepreneur, common councillor, Collector of the Wool Custom, King's Council member and four-time mayor, Whittington figured prominently in the rise of the capital's merchant class and powerful livery Companies. A leading voice for social reform, a bulwark against corruption and a figure of largesse, he contributed to Henry V's victory at Agincourt and even oversaw building works at Westminster Abbey. In London, Whittington found his 'second' family: a mentor in Sir Ivo Fitzwarin, and a wife and inspiration in Fitzwarin's daughter Alice.

Since the mid-1600s, millions have enjoyed Dick Whittington pantomimes. There is a grain of truth in them, but the real story is far more compelling. Though minus that sadly mythical cat.

About the Author


Michael McCarthy PhD lectured in politics before a career in development and regeneration of rural economies and historic estates. His books include Campaigning for the Poor; The New Politics of Welfare; and A History of Their Making. Formerly visiting professor at Bournemouth University, he has written for Political Quarterly.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781787387911
ISBN-10: 1787387917
Publisher: Hurst & Co.
Publication Date: December 15th, 2022
Pages: 424
Language: English