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Brokerage and Networks in London’s Global World Kinship, Commerce and Communities through the experience of John Blackwell

By David Farr Copyright 2022
    360 Pages
    by Routledge

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    The Londoner John Blackwell (1624-1701), shaped by his parents’ Puritanism and merchant interests of his iconoclast father, became one of Oliver Cromwell’s New Model Army captains. Working with his father in Parliament’s financial administration both supported the regicide and benefitted financially from the subsequent sales of land from those defeated in the civil wars. Surviving the Restoration, Blackwell pursued interests in Ireland and banking schemes in London and Massachusetts, before being governor of Pennsylvania. Blackwell worked with his son, Lambert Blackwell, who established himself as a merchant, financier and representative of the state in Italy during the wars of William III before being embroiled in the South Sea Bubble.


    The linked histories of the three Blackwells reinforce the importance of kinship and the development of the early modern state centred in an increasingly global London and illustrate the ownership of the memory of the civil wars, facilitated by their kin links to Cromwell and John Lambert, architect of Cromwell’s Protectorate, by those who fought against Charles I.


    Suitable for specialists in the area and students taking courses on early modern English, European and American history as well as those with a more general interest in the period.


    PART 1:1594-1660

    1 Puritan Activists, 1594-1642

    2 War, 1642-1646

    3 Revolution, 1646-1649

    4 Administrator and Politician, 1645-1660

    5 Speculators and Agents, 1646-1660

    PART 2:1660-1691

    6 Survival and new opportunities, 1660-1672

    7 Kin and Brokerage, 1647-1693

    8 Blackwell in America: Massachusetts, 1684-1688

    9 Blackwell in America: Pennsylvania, 1688-1690

    PART 3:1691-1727

    10 Blackwell and Lambert Blackwell: London and Italy, 1672-1701

    11 Lambert Blackwell in Italy: Merchant, Consul and Envoy, 1684-1705

    12 Lambert Blackwell in Italy: representative of the English state at war, 1690-1705

    13 Lambert Blackwell: Financier, MP and landed elite, 1705-1720

    14 Lambert Blackwell and the South Sea Bubble, 1711-1727

    Conclusion - the Blackwells: kinship networks, communities and ownership of the memory of the civil wars


    David Farr is Deputy Head Academic of Norwich School. He is author of full-length studies of the Cromwellian military-religious figures, John Lambert, Henry Ireton, Thomas Harrison and Hezekiah Haynes and the failure of Oliver Cromwell’s Godly Revolution, 1594-1704 (2020).