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Wrath of God: The Great Lisbon Earthquake of 1755

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A gripping account of one of the most devastating catastrophes ever to hit a major city in the Western world

Just after half past nine on the morning of Sunday, November 1,1755, the end of the world came to the city of Lisbon. On a day that had begun with blue skies and gentle warmth, Portugal’s proud capital was struck by a massive earthquake estimated at 8.7 on the Richte
Paperback, 280 pages
Published July 9th 2010 by Quercus (first published October 1st 2008)
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Fascinating subject - especially for me as I was on holiday in Lisbon for a few days last month. I'd never heard of the earthquake before then - amazing to think that an earthquake, followed by a huge fire (it was All Saints Day so most of the population were at church and the candles in there all fell over and set the place alight)and then a tsunami could devastate a European city. At the time, Lisbon was the 4th biggest city in Europe.

This book didn't really do the subject justice though - too
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Kevin de Ataíde
A history seen through the eyes of the resident English community in Lisbon in the second half of the eighteenth century, made interesting with dialogue and behaviour of those men, who were quite good at keeping diaries. Mr. Paice certainly loves to quote from those diaries for human interest. Hardly a paragraph goes by without a quote of even a word.

The use of quotes has a striking utility. The jumble of quote and narrative allows Paice to say the most outrageous things by quoting them from jou
This is a thoroughly researched and excellently written account of the Lisbon Earthquake of 1755. Although nowadays many well-travelled, educated people have not even heard of the event, in the eighteenth century its impact on how people came to see themselves and their place in the world was massive. As the title suggests, it was generally interpreted as a punishment by a God angry with human sinfulness, not only in Lisbon but worldwide. It famously inspired Voltaire to mock and destroy the phi ...more
The great earthquake of Lisbon is one of the largest calamities to strike the European continent, and ironically the event appears to have been largely ignored by history. On that auspicious All Saints Day, a great underwater quake struck the Atlantic seabed and sent tremors in all directions, shaking among other cities the very foundations of Lisbon relentlessly and unforgivingly, razing all the great monuments of the once proud seafaring nation. Palaces, cathedrals and government structures al ...more
Julian Wilson
A good, popular introduction to the great Lisbon earthquake, but if it whetted your appetite, the lack of a bibliography makes it difficult to follow up some of the primary and secondary material. Written mostly using English eye-witness accounts, it perhaps lacks perspective from Portuguese and other continental sources, although quite a number of French sources are quoted. The ultra-quick assessment of Voltaire's Candide and Johnson's Rasselas suffers from its speed, and apparently the latter ...more
Carla Lucas
visão muito "inglesa" do terramoto
Interessante por se tratar da visão estrangeira do terramoto de 1755. O autor fornece dados sobre a situação política, económica e social anterior ao sismo, e dá-nos um retrato preciso dos acontecimentos posteriores e das revoluções filosófica e cientifíca, inevitáveis após um acontecimento desta magnitude.
Overly detailed and jumbled with too many names.
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