This book is a classic study of a disease which had a profound impact on the history of Tudor and Stuart England. Plague was both a personal affliction and a social calamity, regularly decimating urban populations. Slack vividly describes the stresses which plague imposed on individuals, families, and whole communities, and the ways in which people tried to explain, control, and come to terms with it.
`Paul Slack's account of bubonic plague in early modern England is already acquiring seminal status. ... admirable study.'
Roy Porter, Book Reviews.
`This is a harrowing and compelling book. It is an exceptionally fine piece of social history; a sensitive, mature and deeply humane exploration of a social problem and its consequences for social history of the period.' Keith Wrightson, Times Literary Supplement
`I have read this book with pleasure and admiration: pleasure in the rich and interesting detail; admiration for a scholarly work on an important subject of English social history.'
Hugh Trevor-Roper, Sunday Times
`Paul Slack has written the definitive social history of Tudor and Stuart plague.` Times Higher Education Supplement
`The best book about history of medicine in England ever written. It is also an outstanding piece of social history.'
Journal of Social History
`A classic work of English social history.` Continuity and Change
`the appearance in paperback of his book on the impact of the plague is heartily to be welcomed ... The book is a must for anyone with a serious interest in the history of medicine and the Tudor and Stuart period.
Rosemary Weinstein, Museum of London - no source as to where the review comes from!
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List of tables; List of figures; Preface; Conventions; Part I. Perspectives: Disease and society; Attitudes and actions; Part II. The dimensions of the problem; The chronology of epidemics 1485-1665; The local context; The urban impact; Metropolitan crises; Counting the costs; Part III. The social response: Public authority and a policy for control; Controversy and compromise; Towns under stress; Police and people; The end of plague 1665-1722; Conclusion;
Abbreviations; Notes; Index
Series: Clarendon Paperbacks
Number Of Pages: 464
Published: 13th December 1990
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97
Weight (kg): 0.63