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1666: Plague, War, and Hellfire (edició 2016)

de Rebecca Rideal (Autor)

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"1666 was a watershed year for England. An outbreak of the Great Plague, the eruption of the second Dutch War, and the devastating Great Fire of London all struck the country in rapid succession and with devastating repercussions. Shedding light on these dramatic events and their context, historian Rebecca Rideal reveals an unprecedented period of terror and triumph. Based in original archival research drawing on little-known sources, 1666 opens with the fiery destruction of London before taking readers on a thrilling journey through a crucial turning point in English history as seen through the eyes of an extraordinary cast of historical characters. While the central events of this significant year were ones of devastation and defeat, 1666 also offers a glimpse of the incredible scientific and artistic progress being made at that time, from Isaac Newton's discovery of gravity to the establishment of The London Gazette. It was in this year that John Milton completed Paradise Lost, Frances Stewart posed for the iconic image of Britannia, and a young architect named Christopher Wren proposed a plan for a new London--a stone phoenix to rise from the charred ashes of the old city. With flare and style, 1666 exposes readers to a city and a country on the cusp of modernity and a series of events that altered the course of history"--… (més)
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Títol:1666: Plague, War, and Hellfire
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Between March 1665 and the end of 1666 England suffered one catastrophic event after another. This is the story of that devastating time.

The British and The Dutch (allied with France) were entering their second war over trade routes and the colonies they both hungered to control. As men were being killed in battle, on the home front bubonic plague was ravaging the country. More than 100,000 people died from those events. Then, on September 2, 1666, London began to burn. The fire started in a bakery and helped along by high winds, quickly spread across the city. Indecision, by the Mayor, on whether to start knocking down buildings to establish firebreaks, hampered controlling the blaze. The time wasted allowed the fire to grow out of control.

Rebecca Rideal, in her research found little known archived diaries. The story is told through common men and some intellectuals who lived in Great Britain: Isaac Newton, Christopher Wren and others. These voices bring a layer to the story that takes it from "dry history" to interesting and extremely readable.

Although the 17th century was a time of scientific and artistic enlightenment, the fire and brimstone preachers still held sway over a large majority of the population. These preachers, at the beginning of the plague, had shouted from their pulpits that the number "666" was the sign of the devil and the year was sure to bring punishment from God, for the sin oozing from London. No one knowing how the fire began, the man on the street began to spread the rumor that it was arson by the Dutch or the French. This led to public beatings and killings of anyone with a foreign accent.

A quick easy read, but only for those of you with a love of history. ( )
  JBroda | Sep 24, 2021 |
Read 2020. ( )
  sasameyuki | May 12, 2020 |
I found the plague and fire sections more interesting than the war sections.

I did not know Lord Rochester's poems were quite THAT rude. ( )
  Robertgreaves | Nov 2, 2019 |
Rebecca Rideal has done an excellent job of presenting known history in a new light. She has made the events of 1666 more tangible by presenting known facts in a manner more readily grokked by the human mind. Rideal has also used the details of the current events of the time and of daily life to paint a clear image of time and place.

The war parts were my least favorite, but that has more to do with me having a stronger interest in plague and fire than the decisions of war. I suspect those with more of a mind towards military strategy will find these bits as well written as the rest.

I received a complimentary copy of this book via a Goodreads giveaway. Many thanks to all involved in providing me with this opportunity. ( )
  Zoes_Human | Jun 23, 2018 |
1666 tells the story of the Great Plague, the second Dutch War and the Great Fire of London through the eyes of the people who were there. It’s a seamless stitching together of perspectives and experiences into one dramatic and coherent story.

Characters recur, some well known, such as Pepys and Rochester and Margaret Cavendish (the subject of another recent book, Margaret the First) others less prominent – traders and preachers and bakers.

The strength of 1666 is its immediacy. You feel like you are there, listening to the cacophony of voices, rummaging through records and contracts and accounts. The flipside of this is that you lose depth. Reading it I did at times feel hungry for something more challenging, analysis rather than description, a stronger sense of the social and economic forces at play. Although I don’t have an in-depth knowledge of the period – most of what I know I’ve absorbed through osmosis and a childhood obsession with Jean Plaidy novels – there wasn’t much here that was new to me.

However, 1666 does tell you a great pacy story. The author makes it seem easy, rather than the mammoth task it must have been. It’s a good overview and starting point if you want to get a flavour of the period and some pointers as to where to find out more.
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I received a copy of 1666 from the publisher via Bookbridgr.
This review first appeared on my blog https://katevane.wordpress.com ( )
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"1666 was a watershed year for England. An outbreak of the Great Plague, the eruption of the second Dutch War, and the devastating Great Fire of London all struck the country in rapid succession and with devastating repercussions. Shedding light on these dramatic events and their context, historian Rebecca Rideal reveals an unprecedented period of terror and triumph. Based in original archival research drawing on little-known sources, 1666 opens with the fiery destruction of London before taking readers on a thrilling journey through a crucial turning point in English history as seen through the eyes of an extraordinary cast of historical characters. While the central events of this significant year were ones of devastation and defeat, 1666 also offers a glimpse of the incredible scientific and artistic progress being made at that time, from Isaac Newton's discovery of gravity to the establishment of The London Gazette. It was in this year that John Milton completed Paradise Lost, Frances Stewart posed for the iconic image of Britannia, and a young architect named Christopher Wren proposed a plan for a new London--a stone phoenix to rise from the charred ashes of the old city. With flare and style, 1666 exposes readers to a city and a country on the cusp of modernity and a series of events that altered the course of history"--

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