1666: when London burned with rage

As the Great Fire ravaged their homes in 1666, Londoners were gripped by terror, despair and fury. And, writes Alexander Larman, barely had the last flames been put out before their ire was being directed at the city's foreigners...

An engraving by Wenceslaus Hollar depicting Old St Paul's on fire during the Great Fire of London, 1666. Frantic efforts to fight the flames quickly turned into an equally fevered search for a scapegoat. (Photo by Culture Club/Getty Images)

This article was first published in the September 2016 issue of BBC History Magazine 

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