By Don Jordan
'The cruelty and elegance of recovery London offers never-ending fascination . . . there is a lot to thrill during this quantity' The Times
'Don Jordan's heritage captures the shifts [Charles II] engineered in exchange and tradition' Nature
During the reign of Charles II, London used to be a urban in flux. After years of civil warfare and political turmoil, England's capital grew to become the centre for significant advances within the sciences, the theatre, structure, exchange and ship-building that cleared the path for the production of the British Empire.
At the guts of this task was once the King, whose go back to strength from exile in 1660 lit the fuse for an explosion in job in all spheres of urban existence. London flourished, its wealth, vibrancy and good fortune because of many figures recognized at the present time together with Christopher Wren, Samuel Pepys and John Dryden - and others whom heritage has missed till now.
Throughout the quarter-century Charles used to be at the throne, London suffered a number of critical reverses: the plague in 1665 and the good hearth in 1666, and critical defeat within the moment Anglo-Dutch warfare, which caused amazing financial decline. yet due to the genius and resilience of the folks of London, and the sometimes wavering stewardship of the King, town rose from the ashes to develop into the industrial capital of Europe.
The King's urban tells the gripping tale of a urban that outlined a kingdom and birthed smooth Britain - and the way the imaginative and prescient of significant contributors helped to construct the richly varied position we all know today.
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The King's City: London under Charles II: A city that transformed a nation – and created modern Britain by Don Jordan