A marvellous, kaleidoscopic social history of London during the 1660s, from Pepys to the Great Fire. Introduced by Jenny Uglow.
In 1660, London seethed with a population of 300,000. In Europe only Paris and Constantinople were larger. King Charles II – a lover of women and of good living – was on the throne, and the streets were crowded with velvet-clad noblemen making their way to the reopened theatres. Watermen plied their trade along the River Thames between the Palace of Westminster and the City, and in the newly fashionable St James’s Park, Londoners took the air by day and sought other – illicit – pleasures at night.
Bound in cloth blocked with a design by Neil Gower
Set in Janson
Frontispiece and 24 pages of colour and black & white plates
9½˝ × 6¼˝