Draws on first-person testimonies and forensic records to document the events surrounding the 1666 Great Fire of London that destroyed more than 13,000 homes, numerous buildings, and St. Paul's Cathedral, in an account that considers the roles played by such figures as Charles II, Samuel Pepys, and Christopher Wren. 30,000 first printing.
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A magnificently told and thrilling account of one of the most dramatic events in British history.
Adrian Tinniswood?s magnificent new account of the Great Fire of London explores the history of a cataclysm and its consequences, from that first small blaze in a baker?s house in Pudding Lane in the early hours of September 2nd, 1666 to the inferno that would devastate the third largest city in the Western world. The statistics are terrible: 436 acres of closely packed streets burned; 13,200 houses destroyed; £10 million lost at a time when £10 million represented the City?s annual income for 800 years. But the Great Fire wasn?t simply a tragedy of economics or architecture. It wrecked lives and destroyed livelihoods. It killed and maimed, and it drove Londoners mad in their quest for vengeance.
By Permission of Heaven pieces together the untold human story of the Fire and its aftermath -- the panic and terror, the bewilderment and violence and chaos, the search for scapegoats, the rebirth of a city. Above all, it provides an unsurpassable recreation of what happened to schoolchildren and servants, courtiers and clergymen when the streets of London ran with fire and ?by ye Permission of Heaven, Hell broke loose upon this Protestant City.?
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“Lively, knowledgeable, affectionate…a fine biography.” -- Sunday Times
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Buchbeschreibung Riverhead Hardcover, 2004. Hardcover. Buchzustand: New. book. Buchnummer des Verkäufers M1573222445
Buchbeschreibung Riverhead Books, 2004. Hardcover. Buchzustand: New. Buchnummer des Verkäufers mon0000123784
Buchbeschreibung Riverhead Hardcover, 2004. Hardcover. Buchzustand: New. Never used!. Buchnummer des Verkäufers P111573222445
Buchbeschreibung Riverhead Books, New York, New York, U.S.A., 2003. Cloth Hard Cover. Buchzustand: Brand New. Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Brand New. "A work of dynamic history that depicts in fascinating detail the cataclysm that was the Great Fire of London and the modern European capital that rose from its ashes."331 pages including index - Brand New. B&W illustrations, artworks and maps. Decorated end pages.Brown cloth and russet hardboard covers with gilt lettering. Dustjacket - New. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 015733
Buchbeschreibung Riverhead Hardcover. Hardcover. Buchzustand: New. 1573222445 New Condition. Buchnummer des Verkäufers NEW7.0674920