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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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Impending Disaster

Impending Disaster

(p.45) Chapter 4 Impending Disaster
The Great Plague

Evelyn Lord

Yale University Press

The year 1665 began with winter and there was great snow and frost. Following the thaw in March, there was no rain and by April, there was a threat of drought. As the heat of the summer grew, apprehension and anxiety about the plague led to panic in Cambridge. It was expected, as people believed that the appearance of a comet in April and the exceptionally cold weather were all signs of an impending disaster.

Keywords:   winter, drought, summer, plague, Cambridge, comet, weather

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