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Nigel Smith

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780300112214

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300112214.001.0001

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A Decade of Crises

A Decade of Crises

(p.37) Chapter 3 A Decade of Crises
Andrew Marvell

Nigel Smith

Yale University Press

This chapter chronicles the crises that occurred and took place during Andrew Marvell's life, particularly during his seven years at Cambridge, while the other members of his family still lived at the Charterhouse in Hull. The arrival of the serious plague epidemic of 1635, a plague that would be followed by yet another, greatly damaged trade. The plague of 1637 resulted in widespread unemployment and destitution. Then in 1639, Reverend Marvell incurred the displeasure of the Laudian Archbishop of York, Richard Neile—signifying the rising conflicts stirring within the church. In addition to that, there was the drowning of Marvell's father while crossing the Humber in January of 1641. The loss of his father was a difficult blow to Marvell, since not only did he lose a beloved member of his family, but also the means to a certain career: to be an academic or a career clergyman.

Keywords:   Reverend Marvell, Archbishop of York, Richard Neile, Marvell's father, plague of 1637, plague epidemic

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