The Lockdown Chronicles 40: Daniel

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A Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe (1660–1731) was first published in March 1722. It is an account of one man’s experiences of the year 1665, in which the bubonic plague struck the city of London in what became known as the Great Plague of London [Wikipedia entry].

Text sources: BBC News (23 March 2020) “PM announces strict new curbs on life in UK”; BBC News (11 June 2020) “Coronavirus: Growing calls for government to scrap 2m rule”; Defoe, D. (1722) A Journal of the Plague Year: being observations or memorials, of the most remarkable occurrences, as well publick as private, which happened in London during the last great visitation in 1665. Written by a citizen who continued all the while in London. Never made publick before, via Project Gutenberg.

Source image: Portrait of Daniel Defoe, National Maritime Museum, London, author unknown, style of Sir Godfrey Kneller. Image in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author’s life plus 70 years or fewer, via Wikimedia Commons.
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References

Gov.uk. Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the UK, available at https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk [Accessed 11 June 2020]

BC News. (23 March 2020) “PM announces strict new curbs on life in UK”. Available at https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-52012432 [Accessed 11 June 2020].

BBC News (11 June 2020) “Coronavirus: Growing calls for government to scrap 2m rule”. Available at https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-53003046 [Accessed 11 June 2020].

Defoe, D. (1722) A Journal of the Plague Year: being observations or memorials, of the most remarkable occurrences, as well publick as private, which happened in London during the last great visitation in 1665. Written by a citizen who continued all the while in London. Never made publick before. Available via Project Gutenberg at https://www.gutenberg.org/files/376/376-h/376-h.htm [Accessed 11 June 2020]

Barbican Living (n.d.) Daniel Defoe (1660 – 1731). Available at https://www.barbicanliving.co.uk/blocks/defoe-house/daniel-defoe-1660-1731/ [Accessed 11 June 2020]

Portrait of Daniel Defoe, National Maritime Museum, London, author unknown, style of Sir Godfrey Kneller. Via Wikimedia Commons at https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Daniel_Defoe_Kneller_Style.jpg Accessed 11 June 2020]

The Lockdown Chronicles is a series of periodical comic strips made at night (in candlelight!) adapting and reusing openly-licensed or public domain items from online digital collections. Publication and tweetage are scheduled in advance. Historical sources are adapted and updated for the current pandemic; please refer to each strip’s references on each post for further context.  Catch up with the series at https://epriego.blog/tag/the-lockdown-chronicles/.