Plague and Nonconformity

Part of the Early Modern Literature in History book series (EMLH)


The story of London’s judgements of pestilence and fire began years before those first few plague deaths noted in the bills of mortality in 1664 and long before fire swept through the city—at least according to one recorder of plague’s horrors. The reasons for plague have been aired in the tracts left behind, which are filled with views ranging from the most prolific in 1665, which see plague in natural terms, provide cures or describe the extent of the infection, to those linking social and moral causes to the spread of illness. While the beliefs in these tracts are often issued forth with precision and conviction, providing evidence to back their claims, few possess the passion of Thomas Vincent’s narrative voice in identifying the moment of London’s ‘introduction to the Plague’ as 24 August 1662. Vincent explains:


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  1. 1.SalemUnited States

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