A New History of the Bubonic Plagues of London
From its onset in the 6th century AD, bubonic plague has excited fear and revulsion like no other disease, so hideous are its symptoms and so small the chance of survival. Crowded, insanitary London was badly hit in 1347 and 1665, and plague pits are still being uncovered, for example during Crossrail construction works. This readable history combines documentary sources with the latest scientific evidence to convey the full horror of the plague and the conditions in which it thrived.
A History in Paintings and Illustrations
Canaletto's view of St Paul's, Rowlandson's drawing of a Regency coffee house, or Gustave Doré's dark vision of poverty in East End alleyways... London has been an inexhaustible source of inspiration to artists. Stephen Porter's book brings together a brief history of the capital from Roman times to the 20th century and a survey of its historic districts, great buildings, markets, parks and thoroughfares, illustrated with over 360 paintings, drawings and photographs depicting life in London and the city itself.
The Plagues of London
For more than 400 years from the mid-14th century, bubonic plague was Europe's most deadly disease, profoundly affecting people's outlook and behaviour across the continent. As an international seaport, London was especially vulnerable; its last and most serious outbreak in 1665 killed around one fifth of the city's population. Porter's vivid history uses the accounts of Londoners who lived through the plague to describe its effects on their daily life. Slightly off-mint.
Everyday Life in Tudor London
Stephen Porter describes the practicalities and personalities of Tudor London; from 1485, when the victorious Henry Tudor arrived after Bosworth with an army so unruly, the Mayor proclaimed a curfew, to 1600, by which time overcrowding and congestion in the city streets had led to parking restrictions. With a wealth of detail, Porter evokes a bustling trading city, the hub of England's political and cultural life, and home to royalty, rogues, churchmen, tradespeople and, by all accounts, beautiful women.