(From the publisher):
The 1660s were a time of much turmoil in England—politically, economically, and socially—due to war, plague, fire, and the change in goverment from Cromwell’s Puritan rule to that of Charles II, who was sympathetic to the Catholics.
At the death of Sir Aubrey Shenstone, an impoverished and improvident Royalist nobleman, his son, Cyril, inherits nothing more than his father’s title, and must work as a clerk for various London tradesmen. Honest, hardworking, and quick-thinking, he uncovers the plots of thieves and deceivers, diverts a fire-ship in a sea-battle with the Dutch, serves as a doctor’s assistant during the Plague, and prevents the murder of one of his friends. He is severely wounded in the sea-battle, and later contracts the Plague, but survives all and receives back as a gift—the consequence of his industry, resourcefulness, self-sacrifice, and discretion—the estates that his father had lost.
Original title: When London Burned: A Story of Restoration Times and the Great Fire
Genre: Fiction→ Children & Young Adult→ Historical Fiction→ England