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The plague and its dreadful effects have stayed in the popular imagination ever since. Samuel Pepys's diaries and Daniel Defoe's A Journal of the Plague Year, both of which take the great plague as a central theme, have become two of the best known pieces of seventeenth-century literature. Often remembered because of its devastating impact on London, the plague struck other urban communities as heavily, carrying off half the population of Colchester and causing high mortality in cities such as Norwich and Cambridge. Nor were country villages spared. When Eyam in Derbyshire found itself afflicted with plague the village sealed itself off to stop the disease spreading further. Almost a third of its inhabitants died.
This well-illustrated and enthralling study examines the nature of the disease and contemporary opinions regarding its cause together with the measures taken by both national and local government to restrict its spread and to deal with its victims. Now available in paperback, The Great Plague is the perfect detailed study of the most famous killer in English history.
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|1||Plague and Society||1|
|2||The Great Plague in London||33|
|3||The Plague in the Provinces||79|
|4||Policy and Plague||114|
|5||The Great Plague in Perspective||146|
Posted July 1, 2001
I bought this book hoping to find out how the plague effected the lifes of people who lived through it. The back cover mentioned Pepsy's diaries and other items discussed in the book that would have one believe that this book actually focus on the devastating effects that the plague had on society. Unfortunately, the book focused on the numbers when the plague hit an town or area and how hard. Pepsy's diaries and other antecedotal events were only used to support the accuracy of the numbers discussed.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.