Category Archives: Backstory for Conceit

Re-enactment of John Donne’s Gunpowder Sermon, 1622

Preaching at Paul's Cross

On November 5, 1622, the Dean of Saint Paul’s Cathedral, John Donne (the main subject of my novel, Conceit), preached a sermon in St Paul’s yard for Gunpowder Day. A brilliant digital re-creation of this sermon, which includes elaborate models, diagrams, videos, and acoustic files, gives us the amazing opportunity to be part of the large crowd listening to John Donne on… Read More

London Before the Great Fire of 1666

London 1588

What did London look like before the Great Fire of 1666 that destroyed the old Saint Paul’s Cathedral? Six students from De Montfort University in Leicester “have turned a historic map into a realistic and detailed 3D animation of Tudor London,” says The Telegraph. “The video shows the area around Pudding Lane in the City of London before the Great… Read More