William Armstrong: Magician of the North

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McNidder and Grace Limited, Mar 1, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
William George Armstrong was a visionary inventor, scientist and businessman who bestrode the 19th-century world like a colossus, bringing global renown to his Elswick works at Newcastle upon Tyne, which employed 25,000 people in the manufacture of hydraulic cranes, ships and armaments. He created Cragside in Northumberland, and planted in its grounds seven million trees; his guests at Cragside included the Shah of Persia, the King of Siam, the Prime Minister of China and two future British kings. Magician of the North is much more than the life of one man, however. It is the story of Britain at the height of empire, riding the crest of industrial and technological success. The Queen and the Prince Consort played a vital role in fostering the scientific ferment, but so did characters such as Michael Faraday, Charles Darwin and Thomas Huxley.
 

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Contents

Xanadu
1
The Kingfisher
11
Brilliant Sparks
23
Rivers of Pleasure
34
Maister o th Drallickers
48
What News from Sebastopol?
61
National Hero
75
A Bigger Bang
88
Enlightenment
151
Stormy Undercurrents
163
Egyptian Interlude
176
Natural Forces
189
The Rising Sun
202
Baron Armstrong of Cragside
217
King of the Castle
230
The Philosopher Crab
242

Restless Spirits
102
However High We Climb
114
Paradise on Earth
125
High Tide on the Tyne
135
Rise and Fall of an Empire
251
The Armstrong and WatsonArmstrong Families
276
Index
277
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