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The Great Plague

In the summer of 1665, London was gripped by one of the worst epidemics in its history. The outbreak later became known as the Great Plague.

In the summer of 1665, London was gripped by one of the worst epidemics in its history. The outbreak later became known as the Great Plague. Witness hears eye-witness testimony from the time, including an account by famous diarist Samuel Pepys.

(Photo: The angel of death presides over London during the Great Plague of 1664-1666, holding an hourglass in one hand and a spear in the other. Published in The Intelligencer, 26 June 1665. Credit: Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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Wed 29 Jun 2016 07:50GMT

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  • Wed 29 Jun 2016 07:50GMT

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