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Old St. Paul's by William Harrison Ainsworth

Old St. Paul's (1841)

by William Harrison Ainsworth

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An extremely interesting account of London throughout the event's of the great plague in 1665 and the succeeding fire in 1666. A very good story. ( )
  Glorybe1 | Jan 6, 2016 |
An excellent and lurid story of the plague times in London ( )
  Georges_T._Dodds | Mar 30, 2013 |
This is another engaging novel by Ainsworth, in my view a very underrated 19th century author of historical fiction. The characters are romantic stereotypes, of course, but who cares when it is this much fun. Charles II makes an appearance here, as do, briefly, Christopher Wren and Samuel Pepys. The horrors of the plague are well described, drawing heavily on Defoe's Journal of a Plague Year , though occasionally the plot does become a little repetitive and tiresome with endless disguises and deceptions. The final sixth of the novel deals with the Fire and is magnificently exciting and dramatic as the flames spread over the city of London and St Paul's itself finally tumbles. Great stuff. 5/5 ( )
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One night, at the latter end of April 1665, the family of a citizen of London carrying on an extensive business as a grocer in Wood Street, Cheapside, were assembled, according to custom, at prayer.
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This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally important and have elected to bring the book back into print as part of our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide.

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