New From JHU Press
In 1665, the city of London experienced a plague so
devastating that it is simply and forever known as the
Great Plague. Killing 100,000 people in and around London,
almost a third of the population, this epidemic had a
devastating effect on the city's economy and social fabric,
as well as on those who lived through it. Yet even at the
height of the plague, the city did not descend into chaos.
In their new account of this epidemic, historian A. Lloyd
Moote and microbiologist Dorothy C. Moote find that in
London doctors, apothecaries, surgeons, and clergy remained
in the city to care for the sick; parish and city officials
confronted the crisis with all the legal tools at their
disposal; even business continued.
The Great Plague: The Story of London's Most Deadly
Year tells its fascinating story through the
experiences of nine diverse individuals, five of whom
stayed in the city throughout the epidemic and four who
observed events from the surrounding countryside.
Underscoring the human dimensions of the epidemic, Lloyd
and Dorothy Moote offer a detailed history of the Great
Plague and suggest the dangers modern societies still face
from microscopic threats. (March, 384 pages, 20
illustrations, $29.95 hardcover)
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