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A different historical read
24 October 2018
This isn't necessarily the sort of book that I would choose, but I had seen reviews and browsed it and decided on a change.
It opens when the Great Fire of London was in full flood, but other than that I hadn't really tied together the context of the 1660's as a period of time. We had just been through the abolition of the monarchy, the execution of Charles 1st ,Oliver Cromwell, the Commonwealth, and then the restoration of the Monarchy. But London still had those complicit with the Regicide in its midst.
Add to their the fact that one of its most iconic buildings St Paul's had been reduced to a ruin and we have a background for the story.
There is a strong feminist edge on the story which makes it more interesting, too.
It's not a dull historical read, but filled with local colour, and a story that keeps it going at a pace. Also if you have a knowledge or interest in the capital it is fascinating to learn how the city you know grew and developed. It is beautifully written, and I can recommend it.
It will be interesting to see where his next book takes us.