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September 02, 2004

annis horribilis¨›¨›

Samuel Pepys - Pepys' London 'A Malicious Bloody Flame'

Samuel Pepys, by J. Hayls, 1666.

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. While only sixteen people died, eighty per cent of the City was razed over four days, leaving 436 acres leveled and 100,000 homeless.

Posted by jason at September 2, 2004 09:35 AM