It was not the las time that England had experienced plague, but the epidemic that started in 1665 was to continue into 1666, a devastating year for England, and in particular for London.
At the time when this was happening, theatre was flourishing and young Nell Gwynn who became famous as an ctress and as being one of Charles II ’ s husband, was starting her career.
By now the plague was within the city walls and people, including John Milton and John Dryden fled to the countryside.
By August there were more than 6,000 reported plague deaths.
“ On one occasion, a nurse reportedly fell down dead under the burden of goods stolen from a house full of plague dead. ” Eventually “ All public activities excepting worship were banned.
Houses in which someone had the plague were closed up and locked, resulting in the deaths of everyone within.
" It is estimated that 100,000 people lost their lives to plague in London. " This is but a very brief summary of that dreadful event.
The exile would be the most academically fruitful period of his life. " At the time of the lague, England was also at war with the Dutch, and in that same year had a most unfortunate encounter with the Dutch at Bergen, Norway.
The plague and the war had all kind of ramifications which affected the conomy and the daily lives of the opulace, all carefully detailed in this book.
Thomas Bludworth, the new Lord Mayor, who had been ushered in the previous October with minimal ceremony, sent out orders for the ity of London to be fumigated. ” However, the news wasn ’ t entirely good, as the French declared war in January.
In June the English suffered another humiliating defeat by the Dutch during the Four Day Battle.
3,000 people, Dutch and English, were killed in this battle.
In Jun the English attacked the town of West Terschilling on the Dutch island of Terschilling and wreaked havoc.
When Pepys eventually decided that his house was under imminent threat, he dug two pits before removing his family from the scene.
By the nd of day one, about a quarter of the historic city went up in flames.
1666 was not a good ear to be living in London!
By February a Rebuilding Act was passed to reconstruct the devastated city.Many famous people appear in this memoir, and at the end the author provides a brief summary of what happened to them.