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22. DISEASE & DEATH

Although the Plague had disappeared, Londoners suffered from a horrifying variety of diseases.

The rich were not immune. Queen Mary II died of smallpox - James II of syphillis. His daughter, Queen Anne, had all her 17 children die in infancy.

23. VIOLENCE & GROWTH

With so much to bear, no wonder one commentator exclaimed of the English "We are the most divided, quarrelsome nation under the sun." It was generally agreed that the English were quick tempered and violent.

And yet despite the violence and disease, London had grown to 540,000 people by the 1690s. It was the biggest city in the world - and so it was to remain for the next 200 years.

24. BOOKS TO READ

  • Leningrad - Wright Miller
  • Dr. Johnson's London - Dorothy Marshall

 

BILL MURRAY,
Borough Housing Officer

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