Brokerage and Networks in London’s Global World
Kinship, Commerce and Communities through the experience of John Blackwell
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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 from the subsequent sales of land sales from those defeated in the civil wars. Surviving the Restoration Blackwell pursued interests in Ireland, 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 a 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, 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.
Table of Contents
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
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
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).