The Flower of All Cities
The history of London up to the time of the Great Fire of 1666 is a story of settlement, struggle, conquest, oppression, rebellion, war, plague and purifying fire. It is a story of Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Normans, Plantagenets, Tudors and Stuarts. Of a city that grew from ancient origins to become 'the flower of all cities', until the centuries of building and the lives within it were obliterated by the Great Fire. This unique history of old London town encompasses the lives of kings and queens, commoners and knights, monks and merchant-adventurers; of the anointed and ill-fated, the remembered and the forgotten. It is a tale of 'great matter' and 'great reckoning', where the nation was shaped, fortunes made and squandered, life advanced and lost. Through the story of early London we can trace a busy, beautiful city lost forever, but brought back to life here through the skilful use of the archaeological and written records.
Publisher: Amberley Publishing