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The Ashes of London

The Ashes of London

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1666: The Great Fire of London rages through the city…

  • ISBN: 978-0008119089
  • Genre: Fiction, Historical

What you need to know before your trail

London is being destroyed by fire. Consuming everything in its path. The once tall and elegant St. Paul’s is even engulfed in flames and it’s such a sad day to see it reduced to ruins. Among the crowds watching its destruction is James Marwood, son of a disgraced printer, and reluctant government informer.

The fire rages for three days and it’s then that the full extent of the damage is clear. As they clear the wreckage  within the cathedral they find a semi-mummified body in the ashes of St. Paul’s, in a tomb that should have been empty. This is no fire victim as the man’s body has been mutilated and his thumbs have been tied behind his back.

Under orders from the government, Marwood is tasked with hunting down the killer across the devastated city. But at a time of dangerous internal dissent and the threat of foreign invasion, Marwood finds his investigation leads him into treacherous waters – and across the path of a determined, beautiful and vengeful young woman.

Travel Guide

The Great Fire of London

The Great Fire of London raged for three days from Sunday, 2 September to Wednesday, 5 September 1666. The city at the time was not the city it is now of course and many houses in the poorer areas were made from wood and other materials that would burn. The King and those who lived in Westminster and in the richer parts of towns were safe from it, but could watch the fire from their windows.

It did however destroy a great many homes and killed many people who were burned and many could not be identified. The monument to the tragedy stands just at the entrance to Pudding Lane where it started and there is even some burned remnants of items in the Museum of London.

St Paul’s cathedral was rebuilt many years later by Sir Christopher Wren

Streetview Maps

A) London - Pudding Lane
C) London - Monument to the Great Fire of London

Booktrail Boarding Pass Information: The Ashes of London

Author/ Guide: Andrew Taylor Destination: London  Departure Time: 1666

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