Lecture: '1666: Plague, War and Hellfire'

at Marlborough Road Methodist Church, AL1 3XG

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 in rapid succession and with devastating repercussions.  Shedding light on these dramatic events, Rebecca 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 Rideal is a historian, writer and TV producer, whose credits include: Adventurers’ Guide to Britain, Bloody Tales of the Tower and the triple Emmy Award-winning David Attenborough’s First Life.  She has written extensively for the press, including The Guardian, The New Statesman and BBC History Magazine.  Rebecca is also the founder of HistFest a brand-new history festival that aims to entertain and educate. This lecture is based on her bestselling book of the same title.

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