The Nine Lives of John Ogilby: Britain's Master Mapmaker and His Secrets

Author(s): Alan Ereira

Biography / Memoir

John Ogilby's life is an astonishing picaresque adventure which is so fantastic as to be unbelievable. And yet very little is known about the man himself and his legacy has faded into obscurity. Alan Ereira's fascinating biography is about to change all that. Ogilby created himself out of nothing three times; by the lottery ticket that allowed an 11-year-old urchin to buy an apprenticeship and dance at court, by the translation that turned a 48-year-old shipwrecked prisoner into a national poet, and by the swift mastery of surveying that turned a 65-year-old homeless victim of the Great Fire into the man who was paid to map London. Perhaps best known for creating the most celebrated road atlas of England and Wales, Britannia, this apparently harmless book turned out to be a well-researched handbook for where to land a French army of conquest in accordance with the secret treaty between Charles II and Louis XIV. Alan Ereira unpicks the hidden details of this incredible man for the first time. Living through war in Europe, England and Ireland, surviving plague, fire, explosions and imprisonment, everything he did was driven by his vision of cosmic order.The Nine Lives of John Ogilby will shock, entertain and inform.


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'A jolly read, spectacularly well thought out.' Terry Jones, writer for Terry Jones' Medieval Lives and Terry Jones' Barbarians 'Marvellous - the lessons of book history made clear.' Professor Charles W.J. Withers, Ogilvie Chair of Human Geography at Edinburgh

Alan Ereira is an award-winning British author, historian and documentary filmmaker. He collaborated with Terry Jones on the documentary series Crusades (1995), Terry Jones' Medieval Lives (2004) and Terry Jones' Barbarians (2006), with whom he also co-authored the respective companion books.

General Fields

  • : 9780715651100
  • : Duckworth
  • : Duckworth
  • : November 2016
  • : 3.4 Centimeters X 16.1 Centimeters X 24 Centimeters
  • : United Kingdom
  • : January 2017
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 304
  • : Alan Ereira
  • : Hardback
  • : English
  • : 526.092