1665: London's last great plague - a video lecture

The mid-1660s plague outbreak in London is often conflated with the 1666 Great Fire in the public imagination, as well as in more than a few history books too. Here's a rather fine lecture on the 1665 outbreak, from Vanessa Harding of Gresham College:

The Prospect of the City, my 1666-set novel, is available here

Some Great Fire of London resources

With the 350th anniversary of the 1666 Great Fire of London only a few months away at the time of writing (the anniversary is 2nd September) there's more Fire-related material out there than ever before. Here's a few resource that might be of interest if you're fascinated, like me, with the Fire and its contexts.

This short BBC radio programme (it run about 10 minutes) features excerpts from the diaries of Samuel Pepys and schoolboy William Taswell, and are perhaps the closest thing we have to a commentary of the Fire.

This 2013 animation gives us a 3D flythrough of London at the time of the Fire:

From 1995, the BBC children's programme Magic Grandad; in this episode, Grandad and gang go back in time and meet Samuel Pepys and experience the Fire:

From Peter Ackroyd's documentary series London, the sequence on the Fire:

The history of the Fire is a recurring topic in primary schools, and there are several school videos where pupils have built reconstructions of 17th century London and had them set alight. Here's an example: 

Here's the Drunk History take on the event: 

And an animation made using Playmobil characters, from the children of Lisle Marsden school in Grimsby:   

The always-excellent Museum of London has a wealth of resources on the Great Fire, and there's a new exhibition - Fire! Fire! - which opens in July 2016. Here's the museum's present collection of Fire-related artefacts.  

Other resources, including some educational material, is online at the National Archives site.

Harrison Ainsworth's 1841 historical novel Old St Paul's, which was perhaps the first to conflate the plague and the Fire into a single narrative, is available in multiple free ebook formats from Project Gutenberg.   

BBC Radio 4's In Our Time has an episode on the Great Fire archived here

And in the interests of completeness, here's another attempt to mix comedy and history, in the History Bites retelling of the Great Fire:

This link takes you through to the part of the site where I discuss my own Great Fire-related novel, The Prospect of this City, as well as providing some additional resources on historical fiction. 

My novels Torc and The Prospect of This City are available here.