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1700 : Scenes from London Life

Maureen Waller

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Prose: non-fiction, History, Social & cultural history, Military history, Local history

London in 1700 was recovering from the ravages of fire, plague and revolution. It was a capital on the verge of a new century, poised between the medieval past and a fabulous future.

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.

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Praise for 1700 : Scenes from London Life

  • 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

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Maureen Waller

Maureen Waller read Medieval & Modern History at University College, London and took a Masters at Queen Mary College, London. She is the author of several books including London 1945 and Sovereign Ladies. She lives in London.

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