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By Permission of Heaven

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  121 ratings  ·  11 reviews
A work of dynamic history that depicts in fascinating detail the cataclysm that was the Great Fire of London and the modern European capital that rose from its ashes.

By Permission of Heaven is a thrilling account of the Great Fire of London that makes terrific use of a vast array of first-person accounts and forensic investigation. The result is an impeccable achievement
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published January 5th 2004 by Riverhead Hardcover (first published 2003)
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By Permission of Heaven gets 3 Stars for a well-rounded look at the 1666 Great Fire of London. Tinniswood takes us on a tour of middle 17th Century England just prior to the fire. England is at war with the Dutch and French. London has just suffered (and continues to suffer) under the plague (in 1665, over 7,000 people per week died of the plague in London). It is only 6 years since Charles II was restored to the throne. The heir to the throne is married to a Catholic and is suspected to be a Ca ...more
This is an excellent piece of history, a gripping hour-by-hour account of the Great Fire of London and its aftermath. The descriptions, many of them taken from diaries of the period, make you feel like you were really there. London was completely trashed -- picture New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, except with fire instead of flood. Yet, surprisingly, there were very few fatalities (perhaps a dozen or less), and London as a whole displayed admirable fortitude in coping with the disaster; it w ...more
Jerry Smith
In depth account of the Great Fire of London with a lot of detailed context and personalities. Sets the scene of the conflagration very well, England essentially (as we always have really) warring with the rest of Europe - notably the Dutch and French at this time.

There is a lot to learn about this fascinating period of English history and this book puts the fire in context. As a result there is a lot to read and the historical events are woven into the story of the fire that lasted several days
fascinating, vastly concise, great historical reference.
Scholarly but readable; author includes amazing information about the fire, its context, and its aftermath. I can now recognize the thinking of the time which said that there MUST have been involvement from the Dutch and French. The history I used to teach has come alive while I have been reading this book.
Only read because got given it as a wedding present - great fire started same day as our wedding. Not enough material to make a book, so lots of filler
Susan Abernethy
This is an excellent book. Read it a few years ago and am re-reading as research for a blog post on the The Great Fire. Really well written.
Well-researched, wonderfully readable, Tinniswood's prose really brings the Great Fire of London to life. Highly recommended.
Avis Black
The author spends too much time on boring side details and not enough on fighting the fire, so the book lacks drama.
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Interesting read especially for someone interested in the history of London
Roderick Ellem
A very good general history of the great fire. Easy to read and enjoyable.
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Architectural historian, Adrian Tinniswood, has worked as an author, broadcaster, lecturer and educational consultant for nearly 30 years in both Britain and the United States. He is the author of many books published by Mitchell Beazley.
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