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By Brian Cookson

one of the most attractive perspectives of London are these from the numerous bridges which span the River Thames. hundreds of thousands of individuals pass over the Thames on a daily basis yet such a lot are too focused on attaining their vacation spot to note the buildings they use, not to mention ponder their background or the dangers taken in construction them.

Triumphs of structure and engineering, London's bridges have encouraged artists as assorted as Dickens and Monet. From the dependent Richmond Bridge to the Gothic, quintessentially British Tower Bridge, they've got shaped the backdrop to battles, rebellions, pageantry and mysteries for 2 millennia. Crossing the River tells those tales, together with the assassination of a dissident with a poisoned umbrella on Waterloo Bridge; the plain suicide of 'God's banker', an Italian financier with hyperlinks to the Vatican, the Masons and the Mafia; and the Marchioness tragedy and its debatable aftermath.

that includes illustrations and pictures outdated and new, this ebook will surely raise the reader's wisdom and appreciation of the bridges and the folk who outfitted them, and thereby increase the excitement of seeing them, even if at rest or caught in a site visitors jam.

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