About this book
The forgotten story of the events of 16th October 1834, when a huge conflagration engulfed the Houses of Parliament. This fire was extremely shocking and significant to contemporaries: was it arson, terrorism, a careless accident or an act of divine judgement? Rumours were rife. This is the first full-length book on the subject, and it's a gripping narrative, setting the fire against its historical context, and exploring its legacy. 'Absolutely riveting...It's a thriller. Caroline Shenton is clearly one of those writers who feels that history has all the best tunes and should therefore never be boring' Lady Antonia Fraser
The thrilling but largely unknown story of the day in 1834 that the 800 year-old Houses of Parliament burned down - an event that was as shocking and significant to contemporaries as the death of Princess Diana was to us at the end of the 20th century.
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