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Plague Writing in Early Modern England
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Plague Writing in Early Modern England

Ernest B. Gilman

Abstract

During the seventeenth century, England was beset by three epidemics of the bubonic plague, each outbreak claiming between a quarter and a third of the population of London and other urban centers. Surveying a wide range of responses to these epidemics—sermons, medical tracts, pious exhortations, satirical pamphlets, and political commentary—this book aims to bring to life the many and complex ways Londoners made sense of such unspeakable devastation. The book argues that the plague writing of the period attempted unsuccessfully to rationalize the catastrophic, and that its failure to account ... More

Keywords: seventeenth century, epidemics, bubonic plague, London, sermons, medical tracts, pious exhortations, satirical pamphlets, political commentary, plague writing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780226294094
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226294117.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ernest B. Gilman, author