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‘The Horrid Popish Plot’Roger L’Estrange and the Circulation of Political Discourse in Late Seventeenth-Century London$
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Peter Hinds

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264430

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264430.001.0001

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‘After-Birth-Inscriptions’:1 Historical Disputes and the Great Fire of London

‘After-Birth-Inscriptions’:1 Historical Disputes and the Great Fire of London

(p.361) Chapter 10 ‘After-Birth-Inscriptions’:1 Historical Disputes and the Great Fire of London
‘The Horrid Popish Plot’

Peter Hinds

British Academy

This chapter discusses the close association of Catholics with fire and the firing of cities. It looks particularly at the resonant memory of the 1666 Great Fire. The chapter considers the Monument that was erected to commemorate this disaster, and also studies the controversial inscriptions that were added to its base by London's Common Council in 1681.

Keywords:   fire, firing of cities, 1666 Great Fire, inscriptions, Monument, Catholics, Common Council

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