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London: A Tale of Two Cities with Dan Cruickshank

Dan Cruickshank follows in the footsteps of chroniclers John Stow and John Strype to explore London in the 17th century, one of the most dramatic times in the city's history.

Dan Cruickshank follows in the footsteps of John Stow and John Strype, two of London's greatest chroniclers, to explore one of the most dramatic centuries in the history of London.

The 17th century saw London plunged into a series of devastating disasters. The Civil War, a murderous plague and the destruction that was the great fire should have seen the small medieval city all but destroyed. Yet somehow, London not only survived but emerged as one of the wealthiest and most influential cities in Europe.

Using two remarkable surveys written at either end of this momentous century, Dan discovers how a unique combination of innovation, ambition and sheer spirit of enterprise saw Londoners thrive. His journey reveals the twists and turns of a century that laid the foundations of one of the most important cities on the planet.

1 hour

Last on

Wed 29 Mar 2017 21:00


Role Contributor
Presenter Dan Cruickshank
Producer Alexandra Revill
Director Alexandra Revill