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1666: Plague, War and Hellfire

Rebecca Rideal

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Hodder & Stoughton
01 September 2016
History; British & Irish history; Early modern history: c 1450 to c 1700
1666 was a watershed year for England. It was the year of the Great Plague; the eruption of the second Dutch War, the clash between two great powers which ultimately ended in one of the English military's most humiliating defeats; and the Great Fire. It is a year in which no single event existed alone and which, in many ways, gave shape to the country we know today.

1666: PLAGUE, WAR AND HELLFIRE shines a light on these dramatic events to reveal an unprecedented period of terror and triumph, in a book full of extraordinary characters and teeming life.
By:   Rebecca Rideal
Imprint:   Hodder & Stoughton
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 241mm,  Width: 158mm,  Spine: 28mm
Weight:   558g
ISBN:   9781473623538
ISBN 10:   1473623537
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   01 September 2016
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Rebecca Rideal is a factual television producer and writer. She runs the online history magazine, The History Vault, and is currently studying for a PhD on Restoration London during the Great Plague and the Great Fire at University College London.

Reviews for 1666: Plague, War and Hellfire

An impressively vivid account of an extraordinary piece of England's history. Rideal is particularly good on the great set pieces - the plague, the fire and (especially) the naval battles - which she brings to dramatic life with telling details The Times A book firmly anchored in the grain of contemporary accounts, sparking with the crackle of first-hand reports Guardian Sympathetic and sharp-eyed ... an enjoyable book about an exciting period of history Daily Telegraph Rideal's London pulses with humanity ... It is Rideal's vivid and confident style, teamed with meticulous research and a curiosity for the quotidian that makes 1666: Plague, War and Hellfire a memorable, gripping and very satisfying read Historia Accessible and entertaining ... a keen eye for engaging anecdote and historical personality The Spectator 1666 is described brilliantly ... a rollicking new book Evening Standard Bound to reveal secrets you won't have heard before History Revealed Gripping and beautifully written ... extraordinarily vivid BBC History Magazine

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