Stifle

 

The Great Fire of London began in September 1666, and it not only stifled out the lives of the millions of rats that were responsible for bringing in the great Bubonic plague from overseas in the first place, but it also stifled to death the fleas that lived in their fur, those creatures that were really responsible for spreading that terrible disease; a bacteria that lives in the blood of the flea and that is passed to their victims, resulting in the ultimate death of around 100,000 people during that eighteen month epidemic or siege.

As the Great Fire slowly stifled out of existence the plague, it also marked the ending of a terrible period in history, one in which there had been Civil War, Regicide and much barbarity to human life, and it also included the destruction of centuries old art in churches, and other establishments around the country.  The fire represented a ‘watershed moment’ in the decade of the Restoration; an abrupt change or as the Tarot would have it the ‘Tower’ card moment of the British peoples and their feudalist monarchical system, thus a turning point was born out of the ashes.  Those flames stifled the old order into the history books, to make way for new energy to be born.   What is incredible is that despite an enormous area of the old city being erased by the flames, one that had traditionally been covered by old buildings from the Tudor period and earlier, only six lives of humans are recorded as having been lost.  In truth the outcome can be seen to have been more positive in value than if it had never occurred.

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The area of London destroyed by the Great Fire
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