Wrath of God: The Great Lisbon Earthquake of 1755

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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. 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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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.

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In the middle of the eighteenth century, the city of Lisbon was the political and cultural center of the Portuguese Empire and was probably the fourth most populous city in Europe. Then, on All Saints’ Day—November 1, 1755—a devastating earthquake, which might have registered 9.0 on the Richter scale, flattened much of the city. Thousands were buried under rubble, fires burned out of control for a week, and tsunamis were launched that reached across the Atlantic. Paice writes an ambitious and wide-ranging account of the disaster and the broad effects it had on the attitudes of European elites. As Paice illustrates, the kingdom of Portugal at midcentury was half medieval, deeply influenced by narrow Jesuit dogma, and actively pursued heretics and Jews during the Inquisition. The immediate effects of the quake are described in horrifying detail, as Paice utilizes the observations of contemporary witnesses. In a broader context, many of the faithful across Europe saw the hand of God, while cynics and secularists, including Voltaire, saw the impersonal, unpredictable hand of fate. Scientists saw an opportunity for investigation, and the science of seismology was launched. --Jay Freeman

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Descripción Quercus Publishing, United Kingdom, 2010. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. 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. Nº de ref. de la librería AA69781847247940

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