ATTACK ON LONDON: Disaster, Riot and War by Jonathan Oates

By Jonathan Oates

Generations of Londoners from Roman instances to the current day have faced normal and man-made threats to their urban. mess ups, rebellions, riots, acts of terror and battle have marked the lengthy heritage of the capital - and feature formed the nature of its humans. during this evocative account Jonathan Oates recollects in vibrant element the perils Londoners have confronted and describes how they coped with them. Jack Cade's uprising and the Gordon Riots, the nice Plague and the good fireplace, Zeppelin raids, the Blitz, terrorist bombings - those are only some of the striking dangers that experience torn the cloth of town and wrecked the lives of such a lot of of its population. This gripping narrative supplies a desirable perception into the tragic heritage of town and it unearths a lot in regards to the altering attitudes of Londoners over the centuries.

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The authorities, once the King left, were in a quandary: they were instinctively opposed to the rebellion but unsure how to deal with the threat. Once violence erupted in the streets in a drunken orgy, they were able to rally the populace and, under military guidance, defeat the rebels in open battle. Sir Thomas Wyatt’s Rising 1554 The sixteenth century was no less a time of turmoil than previous epochs. The religious policies pursued by Henry VIII and his son Edward VI were divisive, creating numerous factions of Protestants and Catholics.

It is not about, in the main, how governments and others had acted, but about the man in the street or in the Clapham omnibus. This book begins with a brief survey of why London is so vulnerable to attack and why it has often attracted the attention of evildoers, followed by a discussion of London’s defences. There then are five large chapters, chronologically arranged. Some of these incidents will be well known — the Great Fire, the Great Plague and the Blitz mean something to most Londoners, even if only through TV and film.

Lady Cynthia Asquith’s Diaries, 1915—1918 by Lady Cynthia Asquith, published by Hutchinson); J. Stevens, Not for the Faint Hearted, Wiedenfeld & Nicholson, an imprint of The Orion Publishing Group; Professor John Tulloch (One Day in July); Wandsworth Libraries (Diaries of Florence Turtle); Evelyn Waugh, c/o Penguin Books Ltd. (E. Waugh, A Little Learning); Westminster Archives (Diaries of Joan Pritchard). Introduction This book has its origins on the Friday morning of 8 July 2005, whilst the author was on his way to work, mulling over matters of the previous day.

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