In Alexander Larman’s, Restoration: 1666: The Year of the Great Fire, the author begins by chronicling the ascension of King Charles II to the throne after languishing in exile due to his father’s execution by Oliver Cromwell. The book continues by examining aspects of British culture, science, and social change, as well as describing the different classes of society and how they lived their daily lives. The work concludes by detailing the great fire that threatened to destroy London and the lives surrounding it.
Restoration: 1666 is far from a dry tome. Larman’s engaging style turns the historical narrative into a page-turning read. It is a well-written and well-researched volume, accessible and balanced in its approach. The book is not meant to be an in-depth study, but a brief overview of a year in the life of British society. A few objectionable words are distracting and clutter the text, but this should not discredit the entire account. The last chapter dealing with the Great Fire does seem to drag a bit, and the Kindle edition I received made the footnotes at the end of each chapter difficult to assimilate with the rest of the text.
However, Restoration: 1666: The Year of the Great Fire is an entertaining way to acquaint oneself with British history, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I was given a free copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review