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The Great Plague: A People's History

Evelyn Lord


This intimate history of the extraordinary Black Plague pandemic that swept through the British Isles in 1665 focuses on the plague’s effects on smaller towns, where every death was a singular blow affecting the entire community. The author’s reconstruction of life during plague times presents the personal experiences of a wide range of individuals, from historical notables Samuel Pepys and Isaac Newton to common folk who tilled the land and ran the shops. She brings this dark era to vivid life through stories of loss and survival from those who grieved, those who fled, and those who hid to aw ... More

Keywords: Black Plague, pandemic, British Isles, Samuel Pepys, Isaac Newton

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780300173819
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300173819.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Evelyn Lord, author