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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 Harvest of Death

A Harvest of Death

(p.97) Chapter 8 A Harvest of Death
The Great Plague

Evelyn Lord

Yale University Press

Weather in July 1666 was wet and rain kept the people of Cambridge indoors. The weather then turned hot and humid, and on July 7, a gigantic thunderstorm swept the town. After the storm, people hoped that the spread of infection would cease. However, 44 people died of the plague in the first week of July 1666 and 77 people died the next week. St. Clement’s, the epicentre of the plague in 1665, remained clear in the summer of 1666 until Grace, the wife of Samuel North of Portugal Place, died of the plague on July 15.

Keywords:   weather, thunderstorm, infection, plague, St. Clement, Grace North, Samuel North, Portugal Place

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