The Dreadful Judgement

The Dreadful Judgement The tragic story of the disastrous London fire is told here from both a human and architectural point of view as the fire destroyed lives along with buildings such as the original St Paul s cathedral

  • Title: The Dreadful Judgement
  • Author: Neil Hanson
  • ISBN: 9780385603270
  • Page: 332
  • Format: Paperback
  • The tragic story of the disastrous London fire is told here from both a human and architectural point of view, as the fire destroyed lives along with buildings such as the original St Paul s cathedral.

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    1. 1666 London and the fire to end all fires. I can't imagine having a fire like that raze your house, your neighborhood and your city to the point all land marks were gone and people couldn't find where their house even wasat is if they survived. There was no Red Cross or welfare and people died from being out in the elements with no food. 80% of the City of London was homeless after that fire! The heat was so intense it melted glass, iron and steel which means that would cremate humans. The fats [...]

    2. This was an interesting read. It felt like a mix of real history and imagination of what it would have most likely been like for the individuals. I've never read a book that gave such a play by play of this moment in history. I'd recommend it, but with caveats about the possible imagining of individual feelings/events.

    3. THE TRUE STORY OF THE GREAT FIRE OF LONDONWell researched and accurate, a historical detective story, meticulously researched, vividly told, which combines modern knowledge of the physics of fire, forensics and arson investigation with the moving eye-witness accounts contained in contemporary documents, private papers and personal letters.

    4. An excellent book on the famous fire. Lots of interesting details, including the recorded causes of death in London prior to the plague and subsequent fire. I should have guessed that one of the most common was bad teeth. Thank God for modern dentists.

    5. Nobody could accuse Neil Hanson of not writing a gripping story. This account of the Great Fire of London fairly tears along, from the closing stages of the plague that preceeded it, to the condition of the poorer quarters of the town on the eve of the fire, to the disaster and its aftermath. His gaze shifts rapidly from the highest levels of the court of King Charles II to the primitive relief camps outside London. Hanson takes issue with the traditional death toll of four people, although he s [...]

    6. Excellent. Thoroughly researched, well illustrated, and written as a contemporary narrative through the eyes of historical persons.

    7. Using contemporary reports, reminiscences of those present, historical accounts and his own imagination and interpretation of events, Neil Hanson produces an enthralling account of the Great Fire of London.It is gripping reading from start to finish, beginning with the plague and its aftermath, which is hardly over when the fire starts in Pudding Lane. After weeks of dry weather and drought, the closely built timber houses are ripe for catching fire and so they do. The fire spreads very quickly [...]

    8. I enjoyed Hanson's book about the Armada (The Confident Hope of a Miracle: The True Story of the Spanish Armada) and bought this title about the 1666 Fire of London second-hand through . It's a good read, but it promises a lot and then delivers rather disappointingly.It is definitely extensively researched - Hanson obviously spent time with fire-fighters and with those responsible for tracking down and examining arsonists, as well as taking a lot of trouble with the historical side, which relies [...]

    9. One of the good things about (a) being unemployed and (b) taking a relatively long Amtrak trip is that I've been reading lots of books and audiobooks. This one was a well-researched but not TOO scholarly history of the Great Fire "in that apocalyptic year 1666." I was a bit surprised that, during the fire, people ran around yelling that the Dutch were behind it all and would be invading soon. It has never occurred to me to blame the Dutch for anything. I hadn't realized that the British were at [...]

    10. A very readable history of the Great Fire of London, and how it changed the face of the city forever. At times, it feels like pure fiction, because Hanson has effectively created a narrative for various significant figures throughout the events of the fire. But it's clear that he's done extensive amounts of research, so it never feels like it's just fabrication to fill in the gaps in the story. It's not always an easy read. There's discussions of how the death toll is probably vastly underestima [...]

    11. This book took way longer to read than it should have. I can't put my finger on it, but something about this book just never got me going. I read 2-4 pages every time I picked it up and either fell asleep or lost interest. It's a fairly good and informative book, I just couldn't get into it. Maybe it was the writing style. Maybe it was the extensive use of street names or areas I have no clue about. I'm not sure. I can see why others found the book enjoyable, but I just wanted to get it over wit [...]

    12. "The Great Fire of London" is detailed and informative to a fault. I found myself bogged down in the exhaustive narrative, wishing the author would move more quickly through events. Hanson's research was extensive, and one gets the feeling that he found a way to include every note he ever made about the 1666 fire in the book! Still, I learned a great deal, and found his analysis even-handed. Hanson's inclusion of modern knowledge of pyrotechnics was also helpful. Overall, the book was worth read [...]

    13. togs. Unabridged and read by Simon PrebbleThis is a hack piece of sensationalist retro-reporting that wouldn't be out of place on TV and as such, only palatable in small wedges, whereupon readers would be advised to find interim pockets of fun, and my distraction is The Complete Talking Heads

    14. This book was engrossing. The descriptions of not only the fire, but the aftermath and the drought & plague that preceded the fire, were written in such an evocative manner that it was like watching a movie. The use of primary sources interspersed with the narrative was very effective, as the reader was given both up-close and distant perspectives to the tragedies that swarmed London in 1665-66.

    15. i liked this book because of the educational history attached to it. however, it became a little too much at times. too much details --i liked the fact that i was able to come away with the beginning, process, and conclusion of the great fire of london. also, the lifestyles of the time as well as the tech side of fire itself. i thought that added to the book.

    16. It was a little bogged down in historical fact wrapped around a family that started the fire. When reading, the author would go from historical accounts and then the next paragraph would pick up the story of the baker which was all fiction. I love this subject but felt this book was not the best to display such a history.

    17. Hanson creates 1666 London in great detail. To the modern sensibilities, it must have been overwhelming. He then methodically goes through the city's destruction, and the potential reasons for the start of the fire. Loved the book.

    18. Very interesting book. The bulk of the book is based on actual historical documents. Only in the introduction and conclusion does Hanson offer some personal opinion about the events. He does not just recite facts but brings the events to life.

    19. I'm using this book for some fictional research - I want to use the London fire in my current YA book.Good for research - a little dense in spots for just an entertaining read. I picked up some facts and ideas though!

    20. After listening to this book it sure makes me happy that I didn't live in mideval Europe nor in London during the Great Fire of 1666.

    21. Just kindaended. Also seemed to want it both ways by imagining a lot of reactionsen turning it all around by casting doubt on the official story.

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