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Just after half past nine on the morning of Sunday 1 November 1755, the end of the world came to the city of Lisbon. Portugal's proud capital was struck by a massive earthquake. Drawing on primary sources, Edward Paice paints a vivid picture of a city and society changed for ever by a day of terror.

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Wrath of God: The Great Lisbon Earthquake of 1755 by Edward Paice

Just after half past nine on the morning of Sunday 1 November 1755, the end of the world came to the city of Lisbon. On a day that had begun with blue skies and gentle warmth, Portugal's proud capital was struck by a massive earthquake. After a brief, two-minute tremor came six minutes of horror as Lisbon swayed 'like corn in the wind before the avalanches of descending masonry hid the ruins under a cloud of dust'. A third tremor shook most of the buildings still standing to the ground, causing catastrophic loss of life. Lisbon had been struck by a seismic disturbance estimated at 8.7 on the Richter scale - more powerful than the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. An hour later, riverine Lisbon and the Algarve coast were engulfed by a series of tsunamis. In areas of the city unaffected by the waves, fires raged for six days, completing the destruction of Europe's fourth-largest city. By the time it was all over, 60,000 souls had perished and 85% of Lisbon's buildings, plus an unimaginable wealth of cultural treasures, had been destroyed by quake, fire or water. The earthquake had a searing impact on the European psyche. Theologians and philosophers were baffled by this awesome manifestation of the anger of God. How could the presence of such suffering in the world be reconciled with the existence of a beneficent deity? For Portugal itself, despite an ambitious programme of reconstruction (which gave birth to the modern science of seismology), the quake ushered in a period of decline, in which her seaborne supremacy was eclipsed by the inexorable rise of the British empire. Drawing on primary sources, Edward Paice paints a vivid picture of a city and society changed for ever by a day of terror. He describes in thrilling detail the quake itself and its immediate aftermath, but he is interested just as much in its political, economic and cultural consequences. Wrath of God is a gripping account from a master writer of a natural disaster that had a transformative impact on European society.

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Well-grounded in the history and culture of its chosen period and admirably at ease within its Portuguese context, Wrath of God is an equally expert essay in the kind of nail-biting narrative which makes such events memorable - Literary Review. Brilliantly described ... Paice's achievement is to provide an account of the earthquake that is at once vivid and humane, as well as a treatment that puts Lisbon at the epicentre of overlapping religious, intellectual and cultural shocks - BBC History Magazine.

About Edward Paice


Edward Paice is the author of Lost Lion of Empire: The Life of 'Cape-to-Cairo' Grogan (2001) and Tip and Run: The Untold Tragedy of the Great War in Africa (2007). Both books received widespread critical acclaim.

Table of Contents


List of illustrations Map Acknowledgements Introduction: Earthquake? What Earthquake? Part One - A Gilt-Edged Empire: 1 Quem nunca viu Lisboa nao viu coisa boa (He who has not seen Lisbon has seen nothing); 2 At the Court of King John; 3 Terra Incognita; 4 The Gathering Storm Part Two - An Axis of Elements: 5 All Saints' Day; 6 A City Laid in Ruins; 7 Shockwaves; 8 Fire and Water; 9 Teletsunami; 10 The Second Aftershock; 11 The First Night; 12 Horroroso Deserto; 13 Laws and Disorder; 14 News Spreads; 15 Aid and Anxiety; 16 The Toll; 17 Rain, Ruination and Revolution; 18 Fasting and Philosophy Part Three - Aftermath: 19 Executions; 20 The End of Optimism, the Birth of a Science; 21 Slow Progress, Slump and a Reign of Terror; 22 The End of Pombal; 23 Memories and Memorials Notes Bibliography Index

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GOR003858569
Wrath of God: The Great Lisbon Earthquake of 1755 by Edward Paice
Edward Paice
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Quercus Publishing
2008-09-04
320
1847246230
9781847246233
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