A Traveller's Companion to London by Peter Ackroyd

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London has witnessed everything from pilgrimages, celebrations, acts of heroism and moments of religious contemplation to riots, executions, grisly murders and disastrous fires. Drawing upon extracts from contemporary letters, diaries and memoirs of fascinating inhabitants and visitors, this anthology by acclaimed London historian Peter Ackroyd and Thomas Wright tells the story of the city from its earliest years up to the present day. Here you will find Evelyn's famous account of the Great Fire in 1666, Dickens' brilliant evocation of the Gordon Riots of 1780, Boswell's description of the compilation of Dr. Johnson's Dictionary, and Churchill's recollections of the Blitz. There are also less familiar, though no less vivid, excerpts, many of which provide an entertaining, sometimes risque, glimpse into the life, customs and morals of this great city. Modern visitors and armchair readers alike are given a ringside view to the past and an unforgettable experience of the essential spirit of London.

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Published May 3, 2004 by Interlink Pub Group. 410 pages
Genres: Travel, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction