Adventure in Iron
The blast furnace and its spread from Namur to northern France,
England and North America, 1450-1640; a technological, political and genealogical investigation
by Brian G. Awty
Published by the Wealden Iron Research Group in a limited edition of 350 copies
Making extensive use of British and continental archival and published sources,
many previously unexplored in this context,
Adventure in Iron describes the way in which the early history of the indirect ironmaking
process in England is integrated into the parallel story on the Continent,
and provides a detailed biographical approach to the migration of ironmasters
and workers from the Continent to South East England in this period.
‘A major contribution to understanding the process of technological diffusion in early modern Europe.
The book breaks out very successfully from the strongly Anglo-centric tradition in studies of the early modern iron
industry in this country and puts England fully into a European context’. Philip Riden, Nottingham University
ISBN 978-1-9160423-0-8; case bound in two parts; 997pp; 302mm x 219mm
14 black and white illustrations; 21 maps of sites; two appendices;
detailed contents pages, footnotes and bibliography; general and names indexes
£45.00 + postage & packing.
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For more information about Adventure in Iron go to
Contents pages (pdf)
Families of ironworkers described in the book(pdf)
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