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Building a New Jerusalem$
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Francis J. Bremer

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780300179132

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300179132.001.0001

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(p.5) Chapter 1 Coventry
Building a New Jerusalem

Francis J. Bremer

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This chapter discusses the life of John Davenport, who was born in April 1597 in Coventry, England and baptized on the ninth of that month in Holy Trinity Church by the parish vicar, Richard Eaton. Coventry had been the major urban center of the English Midlands in the late medieval period and a center of provincial trade routes. It had risen to be the principal city in the English Midlands in the fifteenth century, with an economy centered on the purchase and selling of wool and the making of cloth. While growing up in Coventry it is also likely that Davenport came into contact with other men and women who would later further their career. Even if he was not aware of the meeting when it was held in 1606, he would have learned of the positions advanced there, and likely also had contact with Lady Bowes.

Keywords:   John Davenport, Coventry, English Midlands, wool, cloth, trade routes

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