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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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A Rash of Red Crosses

A Rash of Red Crosses

(p.82) Chapter 7 A Rash of Red Crosses
The Great Plague

Evelyn Lord

Yale University Press

On December 25, 1665, people stayed indoors and the festivities were muted. Christmas approached in Cambridge with the hope of the plague ceasing in 1666 and the people looking forward to the New Year with optimism. The Cambridge parish registers state that between January and February 1666 there were five plague deaths; however, although the Bills of Mortality record that in the week from December 28, 1665 to January 4, 1666 the town was clear of the plague, there were four recorded plague deaths the next week. The first victim of the 1666 plague in Cambridge was Ann Ellingtorn, who died on June 16. The plague intensified and red crosses reappeared one by one on the doors of houses.

Keywords:   Christmas, plague, New Year, Bills of Mortality, Ann Ellingtorn, red crosses

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