By permission of heaven: the story of the Great Fire of London

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Jonathan Cape, Sep 1, 2003 - History - 330 pages
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A magnificently told and thrilling account of one of the most dramatic events in British history. Adrian Tinniswood's magnificent new account of the Great Fire of London explores the history of a cataclysm and its consequences, from that first small blaze in a baker's house in Pudding Lane in the early hours of September 2nd, 1666 to the inferno that would devastate the third largest city in the Western world. The statistics are terrible: 436 acres of closely packed streets burned; 13,200 houses destroyed; 10 million lost at a time when 10 million represented the City's annual income for 800 years. But the Great Fire wasn't simply a tragedy of economics or architecture. It wrecked lives and destroyed livelihoods. It killed and maimed, and it drove Londoners mad in their quest for vengeance. By Permission of Heavenpieces together the untold human story of the Fire and its aftermath -- the panic and terror, the bewilderment and violence and chaos, the search for scapegoats, the rebirth of a city. Above all, it provides an unsurpassable recreation of what happened to schoolchildren and servants, courtiers and clergymen when the streets of London ran with fire and "by ye Permission of Heaven, Hell broke loose upon this Protestant City."

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This was a very readable and multi-faceted examination of this famous event, with a particular focus on the aftermath of the event (the conflagration is extinguished less than half way through the ... Read full review

By Permission of Heaven: The True Story of the Great Fire of London

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London was a filthy metropolis in the 17th century. A serious plague had just devastated the city, and the Dutch war was turning into a debacle. The Great Fire of 1666 couldn't have come at a worse ... Read full review

Contents

The Future Condition of the English Nation
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Gods Bellows
41
A Universal Conclusion
58
Copyright

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About the author (2003)

Adrian Tinniswood is a historian. He has taught in various British universities, and was for many years consultant to the National Trust on heritage education. He is the author of eleven previous books including, most recently, a biography of Sir Christopher Wren.

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