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The Great Fire Rekindled,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Dreadful Judgement (Paperback)
Great stuff. I was engrossed from the start. Hanson writes with personal immediacy, bringing this historical catastrophe right before the reader, giving us a real idea of the enormity of the Fire itself as experienced by the people who lived and died in Restoration London. I have read books on this and related topics before, but I'd never been so impressed by the horror of the situation, the fear, the panic, the heart-pounding awe the Great Fire demanded. Supported and embroidered by wide range of quotes from and references to contemporary documents, as well as fascinating anecdotes, Hanson's unobtrusive narrative brings the reader close to the warmth, as it were. His optional chapter on the physics of fire is excellent and doesn't miss a beat. I'll be reading this again.