More than a capital city, Londoners had witnessed the unthinkable - the public execution of a king at Whitehall.
Thousands had died in the Plague of 1665, then the Great Fire of 1666.
But from the ashes rose a modern city, rebuilt with the shining dome of Christopher Wren's St Paul's Cathedral, symbolising a new strength and confidence.
London, with a population of over half a million, was now Europe's largest, richest and most cosmopolitian city.
Maureen Waller describes a familiar yet alien world.
Using anecdotes, detail and amusing contrasts, she draws on court records newspapers, and recorded eyewitness accounts to create a vividly colourful vision. of a city at a unique moment in its history.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 400 pages, 35-50 integrated b/w illustrations
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
- Publication Date: 01/02/2001
- Category: British & Irish history
- ISBN: 9780340739679
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Review by nakmeister
A very interesting book. Some chapters are better than others, I particularly liked the chapters on food, coffee shops and working life. I read it from start to finish which was slow going - I'd recommend reading it a chapter or two at a time.
Review by girlunderglass
One of those books that makes you wish you majored in history. Interesting, easy to read, full of fascinating trivia. Contains the sort of information that you later find yourself quoting to your friends with the preface "did you know that...?" Its only fault: too many details.