London's Great Fire of 1666 - Pt 2

Peter Ackroyd compares one great fire of London (during September of 1666) with another great fire (during the same month in 1940).  Despite massive devastation, each time the city recovered.

The spirit of London, and its people, is summarized in one word which appears on the pediment above the south door of a reconstructed St Paul's CathedralResurgam.  The word, in English, means "I shall rise again." 

Christopher Wren - whom King Charles II had commissioned to rebuild St. Paul's - noticed the word Resurgam on one of the stones from Old St. Paul's (which had been destroyed in the 1666 fire).  He thought it was a fitting description for the new church (which is located in the City of London - an area of Greater London which is just over one square mile in total space).

Media Credits

Clip from "Peter Ackroyd's London," online courtesy BBC's WorldWide Channel at YouTube.  Copyright, BBC, all rights reserved.  Provided here as fair use for educational purposes.


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