Daily Photo 81: Bunhill Fields

Daily Photo 81: Bunhill Fields

Detail from the memorial above Daniel Defoe’s grave in Bunhill Fields in central London (Bunhill derives from bone hill).

In this photo I’m holding a copy of Defoe’s A Journal of the Plague Year, a semi-fictionalised account of the Great Plague of London, which raged from 1665 to 1666 and killed around 100,000 people, almost a quarter of the city’s population. At one point in Defoe’s work, the fictional narrator mentions the graveyard where he is buried – which is curious because, when writing the narrative, he must still be alive and so cannot possibly know the whereabouts of his final resting place.

(Photo taken in December 2015)

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