By Jonathan Oates

Generations of Londoners from Roman instances to the current day have faced common and man-made threats to their urban. failures, rebellions, riots, acts of terror and conflict have marked the lengthy background of the capital - and feature formed the nature of its humans. during this evocative account Jonathan Oates remembers in brilliant aspect the perils Londoners have confronted and describes how they coped with them. Jack Cade's uprising and the Gordon Riots, the nice Plague and the nice fireplace, Zeppelin raids, the Blitz, terrorist bombings - those are only the various impressive risks that experience torn the cloth of town and wrecked the lives of such a lot of of its population. This gripping narrative supplies a desirable perception into the tragic heritage of town and it finds a lot in regards to the altering attitudes of Londoners over the centuries.

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Mary adored Philip, but for him the marriage was a case of realpolitik, as he wanted English help in his war against France. The English Civil War 1642 The reigns of Mary’s successors, Elizabeth I (1558—1603) and James I (1603—1625) saw less political and religious upheaval, and though there was an attempted coup by the Earl of Essex in 1601 against the elderly Queen, this had little support and soon petered out. However, James’s son and successor, Charles I (1625—1649) lacked the political wisdom of his two predecessors.

There was little fighting. Roughly a quarter of the rebels that we know of were from London, the rest being Kentish. A total of 750 rebels were captured. 9 Despite this victory, Mary’s popularity slumped when she pursued her attempts to return England to the Roman Catholic Church. From 1555, some of her Protestant opponents (about 300) were burnt at the stake. Yet the martyrs at Smithfield and elsewhere helped create a lasting memory among the Protestant English of the horrors of Catholicism. Mary was known as ‘Bloody’ Mary.

Violent religious fanatics on London’s streets are, regrettably, nothing new. On the evening of 7 January 1661, Pepys recorded that: This morning news was brought to me to my bedside that there hath been a great stir in the City this night by the Fanatics, who have been up and killed six or seven men, but all are fled. 2 These religious zealots were led by Thomas Venner, a middle-aged cooper. They were Fifth Monarchy men, Nonconformist Republican radicals who had first surfaced in the previous decade, but were in decline by 1657.

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