ATTACK ON LONDON: Disaster, Riot and War by Jonathan Oates

By Jonathan Oates

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

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But these were rare exceptions. Yet, on several occasions, London was invaded by hostile forces with damage to life and property. Often, it is not the head of state who is the prime target of these attackers, but London’s citizens. London could be a dangerous place for unpopular and unwise monarchs. Charles I was a prime example of a monarch who fell foul of Londoners. So much so that one of his supporters, the Earl of Clarendon, later wrote that London was ‘the sink of all the ill humours of the kingdom’ and that the ‘unruly and mutinous spirit’ of the Londoners brought his master down.

Typeset in 11/13 Ehrhardt by Concept, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire Printed and bound in England by Biddles Ltd Pen & Sword Books Ltd incorporates the imprints of Pen & Sword Aviation, Pen & Sword Maritime, Pen & Sword Military, Wharncliffe Local History, Pen & Sword Select, Pen & Sword Military Classics, Leo Cooper, Remember When, Seaforth Publishing and Frontline Publishing. uk Table of Contents Title Page Copyright Page Acknowledgements Introduction Chapter 1 - Early Crises 1381—1642 Chapter 2 - From Restoration to Revolution 1660—1688 Chapter 3 - The Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries 1715—1887 Chapter 4 - The World Wars 1914—1945 Chapter 5 - Post-War Perils 1958—2007 Conclusion Notes Bibliography Index Acknowledgements I wish to thank all those who have shared their reminiscences of past times with me, and all those who have assisted with my enquiries at several of London’s archives and libraries, principally the Imperial War Museum, the British Library, the British Library Newspaper Library, Westminster City Archives, Wandsworth Libraries and the London Metropolitan Archives.

Which they were forced to leave behind [. 16 Thus it was Londoners’ own self-interests that dictated their responses. Obtaining funds for the defences of London was not always easy. Many were reluctant to give money to this end. The City was forced to give funds for building but negotiated a remission, yet their payments were often in arrears. There were petitions from tradesmen about the damage that the diversion of labour and capital for the building of the defences was causing to their businesses.

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