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1666: Plague, War and Hellfire Paperback – 23 Feb 2017

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: John Murray; 01 edition (23 Feb. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1473623545
  • ISBN-13: 978-1473623545
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 55 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 142,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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)

It's just extraordinary, just taking a single moment, albeit a very significant one in history and weaving in the political, the social the military history. But she writes like a novelist and has clearly done her research, it's a very scholarly book. I literally couldn't put it down (Tracy Borman, Open Book)

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