By Permission of Heaven: The Story of the Great Fire of LondonPaperback
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- Publisher: PIMLICO
- Format: Paperback | 368 pages
- Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 26mm | 259g
- Publication date: 1 July 2004
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0712668470
- ISBN 13: 9780712668477
- Illustrations note: Illustrations, facsims., maps, ports.
- Sales rank: 438,406
There had, of course, been other fires, Four Hundred and fifty years before, the city had almost burned to the ground. Yet the signs from the heavens in 1666 were ominous: comets, pyramids of flame, monsters born in city slums. Then, in the early hours on 2 September, a small fire broke out on the ground floor of a baker's house in Pudding Lane. In five days that small fire would devastate the third largest city in the Western world. Adrian Tinniswood's magnificent new account of the Great Fire of London explores the history of a cataclysm and its consequences. It pieces together the untold human story of the Fire and its aftermath - the panic, the search for scapegoats, and the rebirth of a city. Above all, it provides an unsurpassable recreation of what happened to schoolchildren and servants, courtiers and clergyman when the streets of London ran with fire.
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Adrian Tinniswood is a historian and educationalist. He lectures regularly in Britain and USA, and was for many years consultant to the National Trust on heritage education. He is the author of eleven previous books on social and architectural history, including The Polite Tourist: A History of Country House Visiting, Visions of Power: Ambition and Architecture, and, most recently, His Invention So Fetile, his acclaimed biography of Sir Christopher Wren, also published in Pimlico.
"Marvellously readable" Daily Mail "The story of London's great fire is one of the set-pieces of English history. But the strength of Adrian Tinniswood's measured narrative lies in the fresh emphasis he places on its fallout" -- Andrew Holgate Sunday Times "This book is more than just a gripping account of the great fire...with immense skill, Adrian Tinniswood uncovers the cross-currents of special interests that the disaster brought into play, many of which lend the story an almost contemporary feel" -- Christopher Hudson Daily Mail "Admirably researched and highly evocative" -- Nicholas Seddon Spectator "Even Pepys is too near and involved an observer to convey the full magnitude of the catastrophe. For that we need an historian, and Adrian Tinniswood's new account of the Great Fire rises impressively to the challenge" -- John Adamson Sunday Telegraph