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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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The Infected Summer

The Infected Summer

(p.55) Chapter 5 The Infected Summer
The Great Plague

Evelyn Lord

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses the first plague victim in the parish of St. Clement. A group of teenagers who lived in the parish spent time congregating by the Great Bridge where they earned a few pennies holding horses for travellers or directing them to local inns. One of the teenagers on the bridge was Jacob, aged 14, son of Francis King and his wife Jane. It had been another exceptionally hot and sunny day when Jacob’s face became unnaturally red and a red spot appeared on his arm. That night, Jacob slept uneasily, sometimes shuddering and crying, and buboes appeared on his armpits. He died on August 15, 1665.

Keywords:   plague, St. Clement, Great Bridge, Jacob King, Francis King, buboes

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