Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
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About Great Fire of London
To mark the 350th anniversary of the most devastating fire in the city's history, the Museum of London has created Great Fire 1666, an exciting virtual experience in the Minecraft computer game. Great Fire 1666 features a new set of Minecraft maps which will offer a unique and immersive perspective on the Great Fire of London. We’ve worked with brilliant Minecrafters to build a detailed virtual model of 17th century London – and then burn it down.http://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/discover/great...
About Wednesday 12 August 1663
Ambages, a circuity of words, or a long idle or foolish discourse.---The Law-French Dictionary. 1701.
AMBAGES, an idle circumlocution, or vain connecting together of words and sayings, remote from the true purpose of the speaker.---A New and Complete Dictionary of Arts and Sciences. 1763.
BEADLE, a messenger or Apparitor of a Court; also an Officer that belongs to an University, to a Hall or Company of Citizens, to a Ward or Parish; Also a Forest Officer. ---An universal etymological English dictionary. N. Bailey, 1724.
About Tuesday 18 August 1663
“and in fine I find that he thinks 50l. per ann. will go near to keep them all”
In fine, or at last, en fin [finally]---A short dictionary English and French. G. Miège, 1684.
“Susan being come and helped my wife to dress dinner”
To DRESS, to clothe, also to cook Meat. ---An universal etymological English dictionary. N. Bailey, 1724.
About Sunday 16 August 1663
StanB, I'm with you 100% on light pollution, but what about the air? London in the 1660s, with every house and industry burning wood or coal, must have produced tremendous air pollution. John Evelyn in 1661 wrote "Fumifugium, or, The inconveniencie of the aer and smoak of London" and proposed remedies, though he was more concerned about health problems. Does Pepys ever mention the night sky?
GORGET, a Woman's Neck Dress; also a Neck Piece of Plate, worn by the Officers of Foot Soldiers; Also the throat.---An universal etymological English dictionary. N. Bailey, 1724.
About Monday 17 August 1663
“and resolve to speak to him of it if I can seasonably”
SEASONABLE, that which is done in season, opportune, convenient.---An universal etymological English dictionary. N. Bailey, 1724.
About Saturday 15 August 1663
“He joyed me in my condition”
To JOY.1 To congratulate; to entertain kindly. ...---A Dictionary Of The English Language. Samuel Johnson, 1756.
The Fire That Shaped London
LONDON — In the early hours of Sept. 2, 1666, a small fire broke out in a London bakery owned by Thomas Farriner. Stoked by easterly winds, the blaze engulfed timber-framed houses and warehouses stocked with brandy, wine and oil. By the time it was extinguished four days later, about 13,000 buildings had been destroyed — including the 500-year-old St. Paul’s Cathedral — and nearly 80 percent of the ancient city of London had been wiped out. As many as 100,000 people were left homeless.
The Museum of London is commemorating the 350th anniversary of the conflagration with an exhibition (“Fire! Fire!”) that traces the events surrounding it and how it shaped the city’s future. ...
The New York Times, 11 August 2016http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/10/arts/internat...