Advertisement

Plague and Nonconformity

Chapter
  • 244 Downloads
Part of the Early Modern Literature in History book series (EMLH)

Abstract

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:

Keywords

Terrible Voice Christian Voice Calamy God's Wrath Antichrist 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Bibliographie

  1. Vincent, Thomas. 1667. God’s Terrible Voice in the City. London.Google Scholar
  2. Keeble, N.H. 1987. The Literary Culture of Nonconformity in Later Seventeenth-Century England. Leicester University Press.Google Scholar
  3. Achinstein, Sharon. 2003. Literature and Dissent in Milton’s England. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.Google Scholar
  4. Hill, Christopher. 1978. The Century of Revolution 1603–1714. London: Abacus.Google Scholar
  5. Cambers, Andrew. 2011. Godly Reading: Print, Manuscript and Puritanism in England, 1580–1720. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.Google Scholar
  6. Wallace, Dewey D. 1987. The Spirituality of the Later English Puritans: An Anthology. Macon, GA: Mercer University Press.Google Scholar
  7. Slack, Paul. 1985. The Impact of Plague in Tudor and Stuart England. Oxford: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar
  8. Porter, Stephen. 2009. The Great Plague. Stroud, Glouchestershire: Amberley Publishing.Google Scholar
  9. Moote, A. Llloyd, and Dorothy C. Moote. 2004. The Great Plague: The Story of London’s Most Deadly Year. London: Johns Hopkins University Press.Google Scholar
  10. The Great Plague of London, 1665. Harvard University Library Open Collections Program: Contagion. http://ocp.hul.harvard.edu/contagion/plague.html. Accessed 12 November 2008.
  11. Bell, Walter George. 1994. The Great Plague of London. London: Bracken Books.Google Scholar
  12. Hodges, Nathaniel. 1720. Loimologia, or, an Historical Account of the Plague in London in 1665: With Precautionary Directions Against the Like Contagion. Trans. John Quincy. London.Google Scholar
  13. Lynch, Beth. ‘Vincent Thomas [T. V.] (1634–1678), Clergyman and Ejected Minister. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. www.oxforddnb.com. Accessed 25 March 2009.
  14. Johnston, Warren. 2011. Revelation Restored: The Apocalypse in Later Seventeenth-Century England. Woodbridge, Suffolk: Boydell Press.Google Scholar
  15. Brydges, Egerton. 1815. Restituta: or, Titles, Extracts, and Characters of Old Books in English Literature, Revived. London.Google Scholar
  16. Wear, Andrew. 2000. Knowledge and Practice in English Medicine, 1550–1680. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  17. Gribben, Crawford. 2000. The Puritan Millennium: Literature & Theology, 1550–1682. Dublin: Four Courts Press.Google Scholar
  18. Dyer, William. 1668. Christ’s Voice to London; and, The Great Day of Gods Wrath Being the Substance of II Sermons Preached (in the City) in the Time of the Sad Visitation: Together with the Necessity of Watching and Praying: With a Small Treatise of Death. London.Google Scholar
  19. Defoe, Daniel. 1722. A Journal of the Plague Year, ed. Louis Landa. London: Revised edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.Google Scholar
  20. Bastian, F. 1965. Defoe’s Journal of the Plague Year Reconsidered. The Review of English Studies 16.62: 151–173.Google Scholar
  21. Leachman, Caroline L. 2004. Dyer, William (1632/3–1696). Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. Online edition, 2008. oxforddnb.com. Accessed 22 Oct 2012.
  22. Calamy, Edmund. 1775. The Nonconformist’s Memorial: Being an Account of the Ministers, Who Were Ejected or Silenced After the Restoration, Particularly by the Act of Univormity, Which Took Place on Bartholomew-day, Aug. 24, 1662. Edited by Samuel Palmer. London.Google Scholar
  23. Hill, Christopher. 1990. Antichrist in Seventeenth-Century England. Revised Paperback edition. London: Verso.Google Scholar
  24. Kristeva, Julia. 1982. Powers of Horror: An Essay on Abjection. Trans. Leon S. Roudiez. New York: Columbia University Press.Google Scholar
  25. Patrick, Symon. 1858. The Autobiography of Symon Patrick. In The Works of Symon Patrick, D.D. Sometime Bishop of Ely. Including his Autobiography, ed. Alexander Taylor. Vol. IX. Oxford: At the University Press.Google Scholar
  26. Plomer, Henry. 1891. Literature of the Plague. The Library 3.30: 209–228.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© The Author(s) 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.SalemUnited States

Personalised recommendations