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1700 : Scenes from London Life

Paperback / ISBN-13: 9780340739679

Price: £8.99

ON SALE: 1st February 2001

Genre: Humanities / History

More than a capital city, Londoners had witnessed the unthinkable – the public execution of a king at Whitehall. Thousands had died in the Plague of 1665, then the Great Fire of 1666. But from the ashes rose a modern city, rebuilt with the shining dome of Christopher Wren’s St Paul’s Cathedral, symbolising a new strength and confidence. London, with a population of over half a million, was now Europe’s largest, richest and most cosmopolitian city.

Maureen Waller describes a familiar yet alien world. Using anecdotes, detail and amusing contrasts, she draws on court records newspapers, and recorded eyewitness accounts to create a vividly colourful vision. of a city at a unique moment in its history.


A traditional, well-documented social history, pungent, entertaining and informative
Sunday Times
Impressive learning, lightly worn, gives Waller's portrait a wonderfully vivid feel
The Scotsman
fascinating new book... one realises, when reading this book, that one is reading nothing less than an account of the birth pangs of the modern age
New Statesman