The Plague and the Fire Hardcover – 1962
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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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Found it hard going at times, but I did want a realistic history book.Well written.Published 9 months ago by bracken
interesting although a bit repetitive in places and long winded.Published 17 months ago by ScotGirl21
Good book. Not difficult to read and interspersed with quotes from people who witnessed the events during the Plague and the Great Fire. I liked it.Published 19 months ago by Terry Rees
Quick delivery! Excellent and informative read! A very useful resource to go with my family history research!Published 22 months ago by Patrick