Cloth $100.00 ISBN: 9780859897273 Published January 2003 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only

Circled With Stone

Exeter’s City Walls, 1485-1660

Mark Stoyle

Circled With Stone

Mark Stoyle

Distributed for University of Exeter Press

240 pages | illustrated | 11-1/10 x 8-2/5
Cloth $100.00 ISBN: 9780859897273 Published January 2003 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
Circled with Stone is the most comprehensive study to date of the fortifications of an early modern English city. The culmination of some twenty years of archaeological and documentary research, it provides a richly detailed portrait of the ancient system of walls, towers and gates which ringed the city of Exeter during the Tudor and early Stuart periods. The book traces the development of the fortifications over time, explores the many purposes which they served, and shows how they were defended against a series of major attacks: most notably during the Prayer Book rebellion of 1549 and the English Civil War.
The text is accompanied by a series of extensive transcripts from Exeter’s matchless civic archives, inlcuding two newly-discovered documents relating to the Prayer Book rebellion. The book includes a wealth of illustrations and brings together, for the very first time, colour reproductions of all the early maps of Exeter, as well as a series of specially commissioned photographs of the city walls today. Designed to be accessible to the general reader, as well as to the specialist, Circled with Stone paints a uniquely vivid picture of the role which urban fortifications played in everyday life in one of early modern England’s greatest cities.
Richly detailed, fully illustrated and accessible to the general reader as well as of interest to historians and archaeologists.
Part one:


Chapter 1. The nature of the city defences. 
Chapter 2. Purpose and function.     
Chapter 3. Maintenance and repair.     
Chapter 4. The city defences under the Tudors.    
Chapter 5. The city defences under the early Stuarts. 
Chapter 6. Epilogue.                
Part two:

Document 1. Extracts from the city receivers’ accounts, 1485–1660.

Document 2. Expenses in repelling Perkin Warbeck, 1497.      
Document 3. Extracts from the Chamber Act Book, 1511–45.     
Document 4. Purchase of ordnance for the city, 1545.         
Document 5. Expenses in the ‘Commotion’, 1549.       
Document 6. List of the city ordnance, 1556.            
Document 7. Instructions for the defence of the city, 1643.          
Document 8. List of the city ordnance, 1643.                                                              
Table 1. Annual expenditure on the city defences, 1485–1660.        
Index 1: Places and Subjects.    
Index 2: Persons.     
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