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    Reading plague in Seventeeth-century London

    Harding, Vanessa (2019) Reading plague in Seventeeth-century London. Social History of Medicine 32 (2), pp. 267-286. ISSN 0951-631X.

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    Interest in plague and mortality in seventeenth-century London was fed by the weekly and yearly Bills of Mortality, and by the composite or commemorative plague bills issued in epidemic years. Some surviving examples are annotated, suggesting keen engagement with the content. This paper shows that some of the weekly bills and probably some of the composite bills now in Guildhall Library, London, were owned and annotated by the city law-officer and bibliophile, Richard Smyth (1590-1675). This links up with Smyth’s personal experience of plague, his other reading and writing on the subject, and his general reading practices, to illuminate one man’s response to a fearful and recurrent feature of London life. Keywords: London, plague, Bills of Mortality, 1665


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication following peer review. The version of record is available online at the link above.
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Depositing User: Vanessa Harding
    Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2017 07:48
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:36


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