Author(s): Michelle Cottam
Maybe It's Because I'm a Londoner explores the history of the City of London through the eyes of a tourist guide. The author will take you on a journey through history from an entertaining and heartfelt point of view. From the Roman settlement of Londinium, through the medieval livery companies and significant historical events such as the Great Plague, 1665 and the Great Fire, 1666. The author questions historical facts and people's motives and how our opinions are determined by our modern-day values. Enjoy a variety of interesting facts and stories from the London tornado in 1091 in Cheapside to London's iconic pigeons. In the film Mary Poppins, the pigeons are shown being fed on the steps of St. Paul's Cathedral because they are closely identified as being a part of London. Samuel Pepys was very fond of the pigeons and he and his wife would breed them. He shows his affection and pity for them in his diary entry dated Sunday 2nd of September 1666, "...the poor pigeons, I perceive, were loth to leave their houses, but hovered about the windows and balconies till they were, some of them burned, their wings, and fell down."