1666: Plague, War, and Hellfire

Plague War and Hellfire 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 wit

  • Title: 1666: Plague, War, and Hellfire
  • Author: Rebecca Rideal
  • ISBN: 9781250097064
  • Page: 291
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 i1666 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 flair 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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    1. 1665It started with tiny fleas, like those viewed under the microscope by Robert Hooke who was working on a project in which he created amongst other things, an 18-inch fold-out image of a magnified flea. Fleas which carried Yersinia pestis might be on board ship and would jump from transported goods onto living beings, in particular the black rat, Rattus rattus which then transported them onto land. These fleas were the bringers of plague. It was not the first time that England had experienced [...]


    2. A book about a year even worse that 2016/17 (at least if you were a Londoner). Who'd have thought. This is really interesting. It's horizontal history instead of vertical, giving us a whole lot of different perspectives on the Great Plague, Great Fire and Anglo Dutch War, from the King down to merchants and printers passing various famous names on the way. It gives a much broader picture than the usual one of the nobility. And honestly I had no idea there was a war going on in 1665-6 at all, tha [...]


    3. A thoroughly readable romp through events in England in 1665 and 1666, covering the return of the Plague, the Anglo-Dutch Wars and of course the Fire of London. Historical detail rubs up against historical colour so that we are offered factual accounts of the Plague's grim impact and the extent of the Fire's damage alongside the diary recollections and eye-witness accounts of Pepys, John Evelyn, William Taswell and others. I found the youthful Taswell's thoughts the most moving, especially given [...]


    4. 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 m [...]


    5. I received a free copy of this book through a Giveaway.I found this to be a very interesting book about a turbulent couple of years in British history - the plague and the Great Fire of London taking place during a period of war against the Dutch.Rebecca Rideal describes in great detail the lives of Londoners of all social classes during these events drawing on firsthand accounts such as Pepys diaries.The book brings home the horrors that people were subjected to at this time but goes on to sho [...]


    6. I originally picked up this book because of my fascination for all things plague related (I know, morbid, right?!) But what started as a "I'll read and hope to stumble across new things about the plague" turned into me finding myself being completely fascinated by London in 1665/1666. Structured wonderfully so you get a taste of society, culture, war and horror that London offered in the 17th century, I appreciate how something that has often been delivered in quite a dry way reads really easily [...]


    7. An erudite and utterly readable account of a year that marked great change in London as it suffered the aftermath of the plague (which is covered really well), war with the Dutch and French, profound naval losses and threats, discord in parliament, the whims of a capricious king, and then the catastrophic Great Fire. Drawing from contemporary sources and well as recent research, Rideal's book is a terrific read for scholars or those with an interest in a fascinating and heart-wrenching period of [...]


    8. Very interesting book, well documented.The writing is really good, with a lot of anecdotes about people people who lived in 1665-1666, which make the text even more "real".I really enjoyed reading about the sea battles, actually you can almost read it like a novel because of how the author relates it.Great book.


    9. 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 [...]


    10. Maybe a 3.5--it could have been more detailed--but this was a good read so I'll round up. In a nutshell, this book is an overview of England in the tumultuous year of 1666, a year of war, plague, and of course the Great Fire of London. Starting with a look at 1665--the worst time for the plague, and also an important time for the Anglo-Dutch Wars--and then moving into the main subject of the book, 1666, the author introduces us to the famous, the rich, and the common people who experienced all t [...]


    11. Very interesting, most of what I have previously read about this era focuses (inevitably) on the Fire. This book give a a much broader view I was most interested in the accounts of the sea battles between the Dutch and the English. It is a book for the generalist not an academic book but for all that it is detailed and could provide a spring board for further reading.


    12. The sections dealing with the plague and the Fire of London were the best sections of the book. I found the section dealing with the Anglo-Dutch War a bit dry.


    13. As a rule, I am inclined to avoid books that have years or ranges of years as their title. I tend to regard them as safety warnings on the cover of dreadfully dull books. But 1666 is not dull, and "Plague, War and Hellfire" is an apt subtitle. It is written in a calm descriptive style, enlivened with numerous quotes from the letters and literature left by eye-witnesses. English imperturbability does not obscure the dramatic events recounted here, the deadly plague of 1665, the bloody but (up to [...]


    14. And enjoyable read with vivid descriptions of the plague, fire, and naval combat. I especially like the latter as it is a subject rarely covered in histories to this depth. A shame that the author relied as far as I can tell on only English language sources and not Dutch sources. A nice leavening of great man accounts with ordinary folk accounts, including women. All within the time scope of a single year. Definitely a popular history rather than a dry academic publication. Minor criticisms:1. T [...]







    15. This is only for the true historian interested in this time period. It is a blow-by-blow of what happened in that year.


    16. Her use of source material is good; it is clear that she started with journals and some dry material but she enlivens it to tell stories. She has a light touch.



    17. There is so much information in this book. I felt the writer was giving us all her PhD research work. She gave us blow by blow of naval battles, interspersed with bits and pieces that didn't seem to fit.The descriptions of the City of London before the plague and fire made me glad I didn't live there. between the fire and the WWII Blitz, no Restoration era Londoner would know his old neighborhood.I would have liked more severe editing to make this so-interesting time in British history flow.I di [...]


    18. Well researched and written outline of that fateful year for London. There are more detailed accounts of Great Fire or Great Plague, of Charles II court or mistresses. Not to mentoin naval, military and other histories of era or biographies of diarists Pepys and Evelyn whom we both meet time ang again in this book. Yet for general reader looking for well crafted glimpse into that particular time and context of those tragedies of Plague and Fire Rebecca Riddeal book offers interesting and lively [...]


    19. An enjoyable narrative history of the year 1666. I learnt things that I didn't already know. How ashamed am I to learn that I know nothing about the Anglo-Dutch war! Or that even as recently as then the year began March 25th! I love that the extensive footnotes were sent to the end and how the author used other contemporary details to make events (like Newton's) more interesting. Not an in depth look at either war, plague or the fire but a great sweeping survey of the year and how it all fit tog [...]


    20. Giveaway Winner: Ms Rideal does a good job of blending multiple events into a coherent history of London. She shows how the three main events of this book helped shape the lives of the people of London. Her excellent use of historical texts helps to show the mindset of the survivors. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in a good, quick read about 17th century life in London.


    21. A brilliant historical read. For anyone who is interested in London it is a absorbing book detailing the three great events of 1665-1666 naval battles, plague and finally the fire which destroyed the city. It portrays the despair and suffering of the people from records of the day. Out of these tragedies London was rebuilt and we see many of the magnificent buildings of today. For a lover of history and London this is a great read


    22. Rideal’s vivid and confident style, teamed with meticulous research of the three great events of 1665-1666 naval battles, plague and finally the fire which destroyed the city. Out of these tragedies London was rebuilt and we see many of the magnificent buildings of today. Really enjoyed it.


    23. Excellent! Enough stimulating & adventurous material for several novels! Characters abound amongst the mayhem, plague, war & FIRE!!!!


    24. Basically 1665-66 was a really bad time to be a Londoner. And Samuel Pepys was a delight. He buried his cheese. Cause priorities.


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