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1666: Plague, War, and Hellfire
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Rebecca Rideal
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1666: Plague, War, and Hellfire

Rebecca Rideal


Thomas Dunne Books

British & Irish history;
Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900


304 pages

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1666 was a watershed year for England. An outbreak of the Great Plague, the eruption of the second Dutch War, and the devastating Great Fire of London all struck the country in rapid succession and with devastating repercussions.

Shedding light on these dramatic events and their context, historian Rebecca Rideal reveals an unprecedented period of terror and triumph. Based in original archival research drawing on little-known sources, 1666 opens with the fiery destruction of London before taking readers on a thrilling journey through a crucial turning point in English history as seen through the eyes of an extraordinary cast of historical characters.

While the central events of this significant year were ones of devastation and defeat, 1666 also offers a glimpse of the incredible scientific and artistic progress being made at that time, from Isaac Newton's discovery of gravity to the establishment of The London Gazette. It was in this year that John Milton completed Paradise Lost, Frances Stewart posed for the iconic image of Britannia, and a young architect named Christopher Wren proposed a plan for a new London--a stone phoenix to rise from the charred ashes of the old city.

With flair and style, 1666 exposes readers to a city and a country on the cusp of modernity and a series of events that altered the course of history.

By:   Rebecca Rideal
Imprint:   Thomas Dunne Books
Dimensions:   Height: 236mm,  Width: 165mm,  Spine: 28mm
Weight:   499g
ISBN:   9781250097064
ISBN 10:   1250097061
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   October 2016
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

REBECCA RIDEAL is a writer and television producer who contributed to such documentaries as: Bloody Tales of the Tower, Adventurer's Guide to Britain, Jack the Ripper: Killer Revealed, Escape from a Nazi Death Camp, and the triple Emmy award winning series David Attenborough's First Life. She currently runs the online magazine The History Vault and is studying for a PhD on Restoration London at University College in London.

A book firmly anchored in the grain of contemporary accounts, sparking with the crackle of firsthand reports. --The Guardian Rideal provides an original and captivating view of England on the cusp of modernity ... [A] wonderful resource for anyone wanting to learn about how these crucial events impacted the course of English history. --The Historical Novel Society Rideal successfully illustrates how 1666 marks a turning point in post-Restoration England. --Publishers Weekly [Gives] you a real feeling for how life was for Londoners at the time ... This is a lovely little history elucidating important events seminal to London and British history. --San Francisco Book Review

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