Lecture: 1666 Plague, War and Hellfire
January 12, 2021 7:45 PM - 8:45 PM at Zoom
Speaker: Rebecca Rideal
1666 was a watershed year for England. The outbreak of the Great Plague, the eruption of the
second Dutch War and The Great Fire of London all struck the country in rapid succession and with
devastating repercussions. Shedding light on these dramatic events, historian Rebecca Rideal reveals an unprecedented period of terror and triumph. Based on original archival research and drawing on little-known sources, she will take the audience on a thrilling journey through a crucial turning point in English history.
Rebecca is an historian, writer and TV producer, whose credits include: ‘Adventurer’s Guide to
Britain’, ‘Bloody Tales of the Tower’ and the triple Emmy award winning series David Attenborough’s ‘First Life’. She is author of the best-selling book 1666: Plague, War and Hellfire and has written
extensively for the press including the Guardian, New Statesman and BBC History Magazine. Rebecca is also founder of HistFest, a brand-new history festival that aims to entertain and educate.