The city of Exeter was one of the great provincial capitals of late medieval and early modern England, possessing a range of civic amenities fully commensurate with its size and importance. Among the most impressive of these was its highly sophisticated system of public water supply, including a unique network of underground passages. Most of these ancient passages still survive today.
Water in the City provides a richly illustrated history of Exeter's famous underground passages-and of Exeter's system of public water supply during the medieval and early modern periods. Illustrated with full colour throughout, Mark Stoyle shows how and why the passages and aqueducts were originally built, considers the technologies that were used in their construction, explains how they were funded and maintained, and reveals the various ways in which the water fountains were used and abused by the townsfolk.
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Mark Stoyle grew up in rural mid-Devon, and worked for some years as an archaeologist in Exeter after leaving school. He was awarded his D. Phil by the University of Oxford in 1992, and is currently Professor of early modern History at the University of Southampton. He has written many books and articles on religion and politics in Tudor and Stuart Britain, and his particular research interests include: the English Civil War, the history of witchcraft, the history of the early modern town and the history of the South West. Professor Stoyle is a member of the Council of the Royal Historical Society, and sits on the editorial advisory panel of BBC History Magazine; he has also appeared on dozens of TV and Radio programmes, including 'Who Do You Think You Are?', 'The Great British Story', 'Making History', 'Word of Mouth' and 'The Roots of English'.
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