The Century that Wrote Itself

2017
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April 2, 2017

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Author Adam Nicolson traces the roots of today's globalised Britain to a 17th-century golden age of writing and communication. He reveals a century on the move, a time when London tripled in size and more than 200,000 people emigrated in search of work or God. And it was writing that made this new mobility possible.
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March 26, 2017

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Adam Nicolson explores the 17th century's contradictory attitudes towards the nature of reality. While a puritan struggled to accept God's will, an early naturalist accepted nothing without testing it first. How did God work? How did the world work? What was our place within it? These questions overflow from the era's diaries and notebooks, famous and unknown alike. Curiouser and curiouser, spreading literacy allowed explosive ideas not just to be recorded but shared, as Adam reveals the texts ...
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March 19, 2017

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Adam Nicolson traces our modern sense of self back to the time when ordinary people first took up the quill. At a time of great upheaval, writing was both a means of escape and of fighting for what you believed. Account books became confessionals, and letters weapons against the authorities. From an ambitious shepherd to a Quaker woman imprisoned for her conscience, rising literacy allowed people to re-write both the country's future and their own.
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3. A World Re-Shaped by Writing

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Tracing the roots of today's globalised Britain to a 17th-century golden age of writing.

2. The Rewritten Universe

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How the 17th century's writing revolution helped rewrite our vision of the world.

1. The Written Self

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Tracing our modern sense of self back to when ordinary people first took up the quill.
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