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Thames [electronic resource] : the biography / Peter Ackroyd.

Authors: Ackroyd, Peter, 1949-
Call number: eBook
Publisher: New York : Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, c2007.
Publication date: c2007.
Subject: Electronic books.
Thames River (England) -- History.
London (England) -- History.
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Title: Thames [electronic resource] : the biography / Peter Ackroyd.
Edition: 1st ed. in the U.S. of America.
Physical description: [xxiii], 481 p., [32] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps ; 25 cm.
Contents note: The mirror of history -- The river as fact -- The river as metaphor -- The time of the river -- Father Thames -- Baptism -- The river of stone -- Birth -- Issuing forth -- The tributes -- Beginnings -- In the beginning -- The sacred lines -- The Battle of the Thames -- The sacred river -- Holy River -- Saints of the River -- Hail Holy River, Mother of Grace -- The ruins -- Liquid history -- Elemental and equal -- The waters of life -- The leveller -- The working river -- River boat -- The bridges of contentment and the tunnels of darkness -- River law -- The criminal element -- The workers of the river -- The natives -- The river of trade -- The trade of the world -- The river of immensity -- Steam and speed -- The natural river -- "Hey ho, the wind and the rain" -- The ancient trees -- "And after many a summer dies the swan" -- A stream of pleasure -- Drink your fill -- Going up the river -- Gardens of delight -- Filthy river -- "All alive! Alive! Alive, O!" -- The healing spring -- The healing water -- The light of the Thames -- The river of art -- Thames art -- The words of the river -- The song of the river -- Shadows and depths -- River dreams -- Legends of the river -- The river of death -- The offerings -- Head of the river -- The river of death -- The river's end -- Downriver.
Notes: "Originally published in Great Britain by Chatto & Windus, London, in 2007"--T.p. verso.
Electronic reproduction. New York : Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2008. Requires Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 10393 KB) or Mobipocket Reader (file size: 3260 KB).
Summary note: In Thames: the Biography, Ackroyd writes about connections between the Thames and such historical figures as Julius Caesar and Henry VIII, and offers memorable portraits of the ordinary men and women who depend on the river for their livelihoods. He visits all the towns and villages along the river, from Oxfordshire to London, and describes the magnificent royal residences, as well as the bridges and docks, locks and weirs, found along its 215-mile run. The Thames as a source of artistic inspiration comes brilliantly to life as Ackroyd invokes Chaucer, Shakespeare, Turner, Shelley, and other writers, poets, and painters who have been enchanted by its many moods and colors.--From publisher description.
Biography note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Added author: OverDrive, Inc., distributor.
Available in other form: Original
ISBN: 9780385528474 (electronic bk. : Adobe Digital Editions)
0385528477 (electronic bk. : Adobe Digital Editions)
9780385528474 (electronic bk. : Mobipocket Reader)
0385528477 (electronic bk. : Mobipocket Reader)
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