London on Fire: A Great City at the time of the Great Fire

London on Fire: A Great City at the time of the Great Fire

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Welcome to London in the late 17th century. After years of Civil War and repressive Puritan rule, King Charles II is back in town and his restoration has brought new life to this great city. The theatres are open again, markets and shops are thriving and the streets are crowded. People are talking about new ideas in science and architecture and experimenting with new fashions.

This book takes you on a journey across London at this time, telling you about its 'five-star' sights and their history. It also explains the key events of the time: the reasons for the Restoration, the arrival of the Plague and, of course, the Great Fire of 1666 and the new London that arose out of its ashes. Published to coincide with the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire, this book gives older children a much broader context for this famous event. With a mixture of maps, archive images and present day photography, it acts as a wonderful guide both to London in the 1660s and how its legacy can still be found in the capital today.

London on Fire is an ideal resource for readers aged 10+ and supports the history curriculum at Key Stage 3.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 48 pages
  • 176 x 245 x 6mm | 158g
  • Franklin Watts Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1445163551
  • 9781445163550

Table of contents

1: London in the 1660s
2: Restoration!
3: The City of London
4: Five-star sight: The Tower of London
5: The Heart of the City
6: Five-star sight: Old St Paul's
7: Along the Thames
8: Outside the City's Walls
9: New developments
10: The Plague Comes
11: Lord Have Mercy Upon Us!
12: A Fire in Pudding Lane
13: The City Ablaze
14: Putting Out the Flames
15: After the Fire
16: Five-star sight: Old London Bridge
17: Southwark and Bankside
18: Five-star sight: Whitehall Palace
19: St James's
20: Westminster
21: London Goes West
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Review quote

The book vividly describes [the] Great Fire of 1666, the way Londoners fought it and the new London that arose out of its ashes ... an excellent way for pupils to see the impact of the fire, and to really gain an insight into society of the time; it's superbly illustrated with plenty of source material, helping students to see the full value of this * Parents In Touch *
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About John C. Miles

John C. Miles began life in Toronto, Canada and read music, history and English at university. Moving to the UK, he worked in London as a children's non-fiction editor for many years. A passionate historian, John spends much time researching the past and wondering how and why. He now lives near Bath, where he writes and edits. He also loves to photograph local landscapes with his collection of vintage film cameras.
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