The Chronicles of John Cannon, Excise Officer and Writing Master, Part 1 : 1684-1733 (Somerset, Oxfordshire, Berkshire)

The Chronicles of John Cannon, Excise Officer and Writing Master, Part 1 : 1684-1733 (Somerset, Oxfordshire, Berkshire)

Details

Author(s)
John Money
Format
Hardback | 420 pages
Dimensions
170 x 241 x 29mm | 772g
Publication date
12 Jan 2011
Publisher
Oxford University Press
Publication City/Country
Oxford, United Kingdom
Language
English
Edition Statement
New
Illustrations note
Colour plate section, 2 maps
ISBN10
0197264549
ISBN13
9780197264546
Bestsellers rank
1,733,762

Description

John Cannon, known to some as 'the poor man's Pepys', was the self-taught son of a Somerset farmer. Though some episodes in Cannon's life have been partially drawn upon in other studies, this edition is the first full scale study enabling Cannon and his world to be understood in their entirety.

The manuscript he wrote over nearly 60 years offers a remarkably candid autobiography, crowded with people of all ranks in hundreds of different places, roles and occupations. His Chronicles also record virtually all aspects of change, at a social level seldom so continuously documented in any period, as they were experienced and observed in significant regions of the country, during a crucial span of British history.

Part 1 includes Cannon's unique personal account of Country Excise, in the Thames Valley, and back in Somerset. The extended Introduction places Cannon and his Chronicles in all their contexts. (Part 2 covers the period 1734-1743.)


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