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The Plague and the Fire Hardcover – 1962

4.4 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Irwin Allen; First Edition edition (1962)
  • ASIN: B001FT1J5A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,022,558 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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First printed as far back as 1962 James Lesors superb book about the Great Plague and Fire that swept through London from 1665-66 makes superb reading.

The first chapter especially draws on accurate historical facts to convey to the reader what daily life was like in the terribly overcrowded much smaller city of London.

We are informed that back in 1665 the entire area of London didnot cover an area greater than 448 acres and today would fit happily in the smaller part of the Eastern area of the Underground system.

The characters and crooks who mostly lived outside the cities walls congregated near the four main gates leading into the city preying on unsuspecting businessmen and merchants, the London of today is a fairly tame capital compared to the one in 17C England with the main threat to a persons safety being the Highwayman.

As is the case today the contrast between rich and poor in our capital city was just as pronounced in 1665 with the hangmans nouse being of little deterant.

With little or no charity available to those who found themselves destitute, highway robbery was seen as a chance for rich pickings,with the chance of not being caught far outweighing the scaffold.

One aspect that brings this book to life are the "Bills of Mortality" compiled by the then Fellow of the Royal Society John Graunt.

His accurate enough for the day analysis of how many people died and from what illness throughout the great pestilence provides us with valuable knowledge of how many people actually lived in the then largest city in Western Europe.

He also goes to great lengths to tell us that this outbreak of Bubonic Plague was hardly the first to threaten the city.
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Read this book many years ago and it is as vibrant and shocking now as it was then. The awful conditions prevailing in London at the time and also the appalling lack of adequate treatment available are particularly frightening. The book is very well written and an easy read of a terrifying series of circumstances. Thoroughly recommended for those interested in the history and events of the 1660s.
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By Suzan VINE VOICE on 31 Oct. 2014
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The new historical drama, "The Great Fire", on TV reignited (ha, ha!) my interest in the historical facts behind the terrible years of 1665 and 1666, learnt so many years ago at school. This work by James Leasor is timeless and brings to life the horrors of the plague and the fire together with the resulting tragic consequences for so many. He gives us vivid descriptions, historical data, social information and first hand recorded accounts along with the darker, the kinder personality traits and the suspicions prevailing at that time.
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A great book on the plaque and fire. It is good read on the subject and about 3/4of the book is about the plaque and gives you all the facts in their gruesome details. While the remainder is about the fire and brings it alive.
Overall a great read if you can stand all the gruesome details but it gives you all the facts and an understanding of what it must have been like in London in1665 - 1666.
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Absolutely loved this book, I read it again after only six months from the first read and I am sure to read it again in the near future. There is so much atmosphere, the smells, the poverty and the terrible way that plague victims were treated. Very well researched book.
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Fabulously detailed. Wonderful descriptions that transport you right into the streets of plague / fire torn London. Sometimes a little repetitive, hence four stars rather than five, but overall a wonderful, informative and very readable slice of British history.
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most informative ,was one of the best on this subject ,the detail of the differant types of the plague was a revalation .a lot of historian would find this of intrest.
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