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Old Saint Paul's A Tale Of The Plague And The Fire

By: William Harrison Ainsworth
Published By: Double9 Books
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Old Saint Paul's: A Tale of the Plague and the Fire is a historical novel by William Harrison Ainsworth, published in 1841. The story is set in London in the 17th century, during the reign of King Charles II, and tells of the events leading up to the Great Fire of London and the outbreak of the plague. The novel follows a group of characters who live and work in the vicinity of Old Saint Paul's Cathedral. The protagonist is a young man named Leonard Holt, who falls in love with the daughter of a wealthy merchant. The novel also features a range of other characters, including a highwayman, a plague victim, and a witch. As the story progresses, the plague spreads throughout London, causing death and chaos. Meanwhile, tensions between the royalists and the parliamentarians reach a boiling point, leading to the outbreak of the Great Fire of London. Old Saint Paul's is notable for its vivid and detailed depiction of London during a period of great turmoil and upheaval. The novel also explores themes such as love, loyalty, and the struggle for power. Ainsworth's work is considered an important contribution to the historical fiction genre and remains popular among readers interested in the history of London.

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William Harrison Ainsworth

William Harrison Ainsworth (1805-1882) was an English novelist who is best known for his historical romances, many of which were set in the 17th century. Born in Manchester, Ainsworth was educated at the Manchester Grammar School and trained as a lawyer before turning to writing. He first gained recognition with his novel Rookwood (1834), which tells the story of a band of highwaymen in the 18th century. The novel was a commercial success and established Ainsworth as a leading figure in the historical fiction genre. Ainsworth went on to write several other historical romances, including Jack Sheppard (1839), Old Saint Paul's (1841), and The Lancashire Witches (1849). He also served as editor of Bentley's Miscellany, a popular literary magazine that featured the work of many notable writers of the day. In addition to his literary pursuits, Ainsworth was a collector of antiquities and played a prominent role in the establishment of the South Kensington Museum (now the Victoria and Albert Museum) in London. He was also a supporter of the arts and served as a director of the Royal Literary Fund. Ainsworth continued to write throughout his life and was a prolific author of novels, plays, and essays. He died in 1882 and is remembered as one of the most important writers of historical fiction in the Victorian era.

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Product Details

  • Publisher: Double 9 Books
  • Publishing Year: 2023
  • Language: English
  • Paperback: 448 Pages
  • ISBN-10: 9358016515
  • ISBN-13: 9789358016512
  • Item Weight: 537.6g
  • Dimension : 216 x 140 x 24.6 mm
  • Country of Origin : India
  • Reading age : 10+
  • Importer: Double 9 Books
  • Packer: Double 9 Books
  • Book Type : Fiction / Fantasy / Historical,Fiction / Romance / Historical / Victorian ,Fiction / Historical