1666: Plague, War and Hellfire

1666 was a watershed year for England. An utbreak 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 consequence.

Shedding light on these dramatic events and their implication, 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 hrilling journey through a crucial turning point in English history as seen through the ey of an extraordinary cast of historical characters.

While the central vents 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 discoverie 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 ity and a country on the cusp of modernity and a eries of vents that altered the course of history.
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Published April 26th 2017 by JOHN MURRAY PUBLISHERS (first published October 18th 2016
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It was not the las time that England had experienced plague, but the epidemic that started in 1665 was to continue into 1666, a devastating year for England, and in particular for London.

At the time when this was happening, theatre was flourishing and young Nell Gwynn who became famous as an ctress and as being one of Charles II ’ s husband, was starting her career.

By now the plague was within the city walls and people, including John Milton and John Dryden fled to the countryside.

By August there were more than 6,000 reported plague deaths.

“ On one occasion, a nurse reportedly fell down dead under the burden of goods stolen from a house full of plague dead. ” Eventually “ All public activities excepting worship were banned.

Houses in which someone had the plague were closed up and locked, resulting in the deaths of everyone within.

" It is estimated that 100,000 people lost their lives to plague in London. " This is but a very brief summary of that dreadful event.

The exile would be the most academically fruitful period of his life. " At the time of the lague, England was also at war with the Dutch, and in that same year had a most unfortunate encounter with the Dutch at Bergen, Norway.

The plague and the war had all kind of ramifications which affected the conomy and the daily lives of the opulace, all carefully detailed in this book.

Thomas Bludworth, the new Lord Mayor, who had been ushered in the previous October with minimal ceremony, sent out orders for the ity of London to be fumigated. ” However, the news wasn ’ t entirely good, as the French declared war in January.

In June the English suffered another humiliating defeat by the Dutch during the Four Day Battle.

3,000 people, Dutch and English, were killed in this battle.

In Jun the English attacked the town of West Terschilling on the Dutch island of Terschilling and wreaked havoc.

When Pepys eventually decided that his house was under imminent threat, he dug two pits before removing his family from the scene.

By the nd of day one, about a quarter of the historic city went up in flames.

1666 was not a good ear to be living in London!

By February a Rebuilding Act was passed to reconstruct the devastated city.Many famous people appear in this memoir, and at the end the author provides a brief summary of what happened to them.

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And honestly I had no idea there was a war going on in 1665-6 at all, that usually gets left out.

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A thoroughly readable romp through events in England in 1665 and 1666, covering the return of the Epidemi, the Anglo-Dutch Wars and of course the Fire of London.

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She has made the events of 1666 more tangible by presenting known facts in a manner more readily grokked by the human ind.

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