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Great Fire Of London

The Great Fire of London, which occurred in September of 1666, completely devastated the city of London, leaving one-sixth of its population homeless and destroying a large swath of the city, including St. Paul’s Cathedral. In Adrian Tinniswood’s novel, By Permission of Heaven: The True Story of the Great Fire of London, he argued that the majority of Londoners saw the fire as either an act of terrorism or as an act of God. Those who believed the act of terrorism theory blamed the fire on England’s...

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Causes of the Great Fire of London

Tinniswood, seventeenth-century Londoners vacillated between seeing the Great Fire of London as an act of terrorism and an act of god. What were the major components of these explanations and why were contemporaries so eager to search for a reason for the calamity other than simple accident. Was the Great fire of London an act of terrorism or an act of God? There are numerous explanations that attribute to the belief in either. London in the seventeenth century was no paradise and was actually a quite...

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The Great Fire of London

the Great Fire of London struck the medieval city at the end of a dry summer in 1666. The fire started as an innocent blaze in a bakery, but due to lack of immediate response, turned into a giant inferno that raged for 3 days and ravaged London (Tinniswood 42). Despite the suspicions of the paranoid city dwellers, the official statement issued by the Parliament on the cause of the Fire was that “nothing hath yet been found to argue it to have been other than the hand of God upon us, a great wind...

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The Great Fire off London

The Great Fire off London Did you know that the Great Fire of London of September 1666 was one of the most famous incidents in Stuart England. It was the second tragedy to hit the city in the space of 12 months. Just as the city was recovering from the Great Plague, the inhabitants had to flee the city once again – this time not as a result of a disease, but the result of as human accident. The Great Fire of London, arguably, left a far greater mark on the city when compared to the plague. ...

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St. Paul's Cathedral in London

St. Paul's Cathedral in London is the seat of the Bishop of London and a major London landmark. It is located on Ludgate Hill in the financial district known as the City of London. The present St. Paul's Cathedral, which was built between 1675 and 1710, is the fourth cathedral to occupy the site, which was sacred even before Christianity arrived. The cathedral's immediate predecessor was destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666. The cathedral enjoyed by visitors today was designed by...

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the great plague

Paper # 2: The Great Plague “An event of great agony is bearable only in the belief that it will bring about a better world. When it does not, as in the aftermath of another vast calamity in 1914-18, disillusion is deep and moves on to self-doubt and self-disgust,” stated by Barbara W. Tuchman, A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century. The Great Plague was the worst outbreak in England since the black death of 1348. The Great Plague began in 1665 until 1666 that lead to 68,596...

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English Literature in the Restoration Age

literature should be judged according to its service to humanity resulted in the seeking of proportion, unity, harmony, and grace in literary expressions that aimed to delight, instruct, and correct human beings, primarily as social animals. It was the great age of the essay, of the letter and epistle, of satire, or moral instruction, of parody, and of burlesque. The play of mind mattered more than the play of feeling, with the results that a polite, urbane, witty, intellectual art developed. Poetic diction...

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Christopher Wren’s Designs for St. Paul’s Cathedral

evolution of Christopher Wren’s designs for St. Paul’s Cathedral. From as early as before the Great Fire of London, Christopher Wren was involved in architectural projects for St. Paul’s cathedral. The evolution of his designs for the new St Paul’s began with his ideas for the old; the evolution of his designs were a process of both creation and reinvention. Starting with the vision he never lost - of the London skyline marked by a grand dome landmark - he endured the problems of building such a complex...

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Neoclassicism

holds the capability to take on self-control and be responsible when managing their time. To put an emphasis on the fact that humans have limitations, Pepys uses the Great London Fire as an anecdote of this principle. As the malicious fire began to grow at a quick rate, “Poor people [were] staying in their houses as long as till the very fire touched them, and then running into boats or clambering from one pair of stair by the water-side to another” (Pepys 584). While the people of London’s limitations...

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St. Paul's Cathedral: Sir Christopher Wren

something unexpected happening to it. Even though St. Paul's Cathedral has had some hard times, it has re-bounded with the help of several generations of citizens, and has become the architectural jewel as we know it to be today in the crowded streets of London. 1. There were many unfortunate events that happened to St. Paul's, which resulted in the production of the cathedral that stands today. Describe in detail, the historical events that resulted in the continuous renovations, and how the new building...

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