This concentrates on the ordinary people of London, from the time of William the Conqueror to the formation, in 1888, of the London County Council, and organizes, with 15 figures as focal points, its material on various aspects of life as Londoners, through the centuries, knew it. The introduction briefs on the Pre-Roman and Roman times and the city's events up to the Conquest, and the survey continues through the London of FitzStephen, Chaucer, Dick Whittington, Thomas More, the Greshams, Ben Jonson, John Taylor, John Evelyn, the Russells, the Chippendales, the Fieldings, Rowlandson, Edwin Chadwick, Dickens and Prince Albert. Life, work, religion, pastimes, apprentices and guilds, merchants, shops and houses, family, schools, the exchange, justice, theatres, fairs, the bear pit, the watermen, London's Bridge and River,- are as much a part of the picture as are its inns and taverns, frost, fog and fire, fashions and manners, gardens, housekeeping, footmen. Time progresses and tradesmen and customers, fire brigades, police and prisons, the arts, water supply and drains and disease, traffic, misery and reform, holidays, inventions and exhibitions, popular education make their appearance. From innumerable sources as well as the writings of the focal figures, this effects a continuity of the city's quality of greatness, presents a detailed and many-faceted vista which should afford the serious historian and student valuable information.