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“FIVE STARS!!! The Great Fire of London was a catastrophic event, destroying much of London in 1666, and is the basis of Hanson's excellent book. He sets the scene superbly, beginning by describing the life and mood of London in 1666. By bringing to life some of the characters of the time, such as the baker Thomas Farriner, in whose premises the fire began, and King Charles II, the story is given a personal touch and makes for much more interesting reading. Once Hanson has described background issues, such as the plague of the previous year and the (un)popularity of the King, he commences on the initiation and spread of the fire. It is gripping reading, and I was glued to the pages, unable to put the book down. It only lets up once the fire is out, and the great loss of property and personal items is realised and the enormous task of rebuilding greater London begins. Hanson also describes the mob mentality of the Londoners in seeking out would be arsonists, assumed to be foreigners (England was waging a war against Holland at the time). The person hanged for the alleged arson, Hubert, was most likely innocent. There are other suspects, too; even the King himself. To sum up, this is an excellent read of an important event in London's history. People interested in London history would no doubt enjoy the book, but Hanson's literary style will appeal to many people just looking for interesting reading.”

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Large format paperback 2001.

378 pages + eight pages of colour illustrations.

Very good condition.

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