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The Great PlagueA People's History$
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Evelyn Lord

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300173819

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300173819.001.0001

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Town and Gown

Town and Gown

(p.28) Chapter 3 Town and Gown
The Great Plague

Evelyn Lord

Yale University Press

This chapter describes the society of seventeenth-century Cambridge. Cambridge society was pyramid shaped with gentlemen at the top and a broad base of poor and labourers at the bottom. In this period, the station in life of various people can be easily identified and distinguished by the clothes they wore. Drawing on Alderman Samuel Newton’s diary from 1662 to 1717, the chapter describes the life of the town, its corporation’s feasts and fairs, and the typical lifestyle of the elite of Cambridge town’s society.

Keywords:   society, Cambridge, labourers, Alderman Samuel Newton, elite

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