Lead: During four days in the late summer of 1666 the medieval city of London was largely destroyed by fire.

Intro.: "A Moment in Time" with Dan Roberts.

Content: Already reeling from another of the periodic outbreaks of the Black Death, the bubonic plague, the City of London in the summer of 1666 was weak and crowded and dirty. With a population of a half a million, London was the richest and most important city in the western world, but for most living there was no picnic.


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