DREADFUL JUDGEMENT THE

DREADFUL JUDGEMENT THE

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If the story that struck the Grand Banks off Newfoundland in October 1991 was The Perfect Storm, the fire that destroyed London in September 1666 was The Perfect Fire. A fire needs only three things: a spark to ignite it, and the fuel and oxygen to feed it. In 1666, a ten-month drought had turned London into a tinderbox. The older parts of the city were almost entirely composed of wood-frame buildings and shanties. The riverside wharves were stack with wood, coal, oil, tallow, hemp, pitch, brandy, and almost very other combustible material known to seventeenth century man. On 2 September 1666, London ignited. Over the next five days the gale blew without interruption and the resulting firestorm destroyed the whole city. THE DREADFUL JUDGEMENT tells the true, human story of the Great Fire of London through the eyes of the individuals caught up in it. It is a historical story combining modern knowledge of the physics of fire, forensics and arson investigation with the moving eye-witness accounts to produce a searing depiction of the terrible reality of the Great Fire of London and its impact on those who lived through-it.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 122 x 196 x 34mm | 421.85g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Corgi Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • illustrations, (some colour ) maps, (some colour ) colour portraits, , facsimiles
  • 0552147893
  • 9780552147897
  • 1,472,842

Review quote

" Popular narrative history at its best, well researched, imaginatively and dramatically written." -- "Times Literary Supplement" " Hanson's prose is animated by the ferocious energy of the fire and seems to be guided by its inexorable movement. He creates the literary equivalent of the special effects in a disaster movie." -- "Daily Telegraph"show more

About Neil Hanson

Neil Hanson has worked as a holiday-camp redcoat, run several art and photo galleries, travelled round the world twice, edited THE GOOD BEER GUIDE and a sports newspaper, owned the highest pub in Britain, written for every British national newspaper and for media throughout the world. He has written thirty books, some under his own name and others under various noms de plume. He lives in Yorkshire with his family.show more

Review Text

"'Conjures up the vanished city . . . Hanson writes with knowledge and verve, as if making a television documentary on a natural disaster . . .informative and lively account'"show more

Back cover copy

A fire needs only three things: a spark to ignite it, and fuel and oxygen to feed it. September 1666. A ten-month drought had turned London into a tinderbox. The older parts of the city were almost entirely composed of wood-frame buildings and shacks made of little more than paper. The riverside warehouses were stacked with wood and coal. The fuel was already in place. A fierce gale provided the oxygen. All that was now needed was a spark. On 2 September, the capital ignited. For four days the wind blew, and the Great Fire of London destroyed the city. Working with modern forensics and insights into the physics of fire, as well as moving eye-witness accounts discovered in private papers and personal letters, Neil Hanson brings to life a historical detective story - and a searing depiction of one of the least understood events of British history.show more

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4 45% (81)
3 26% (48)
2 4% (7)
1 2% (3)
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