Picture of Samuel Pepys, diarist; seventeenth century British Literature / English Literature
Book Art by Jim Rosenau
"A Malicious Bloody Flame"
On this day in 1666, the Great Fire of London began, enkindled by the King's baker when he failed to damp his oven properly. The Diary of Samuel Pepys provides a fascinating eye-witness account, from his first horrified sighting of "an infinite great fire," to digging a pit for his best wine and cheese, to a final walkabout "with our feet ready to burn."

 

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