- ‘An impressively vivid account of an extraordinary piece of England’s history. Rideal is particularly good on the great set pieces – the plague, the fire and (especially) the naval battles – which she brings to dramatic life with telling details’ The Times
- ‘A book firmly anchored in the grain of contemporary accounts, sparking with the crackle of first-hand reports’ The Guardian
- ‘Sympathetic and sharp-eyed . . . an enjoyable book about an exciting period of history’ Noel Malcolm, The Telegraph
- ‘Rideal’s account of Charles II’s annus horribilis is mind-bogglingly well researched and reads as silkily as a thriller . . . a flaming triumph.’ Sunday Express
- ‘1666 is described brilliantly . . . a rollicking new book’ Dan Jones, London Evening Standard
- ‘Accessible and entertaining . . . a keen eye for engaging anecdote and historical personality’ The Spectator
- ‘Rideal’s London pulses with humanity . . . It is Rideal’s vivid and confident style, teamed with meticulous research and a curiosity for the quotidian that makes 1666: Plague, War and Hellfire a memorable, gripping and very satisfying read’ HistoriaMag
I have contributed a chapter to this exciting new National Maritime Museum book. The book is packed full of fantastic contributors and my chapter focuses on “The Seventeenth Century Anglo-Dutch Wars”, which took place during the mid to late seventeenth century.