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The Great Plague 1665

4 possible explanations of the causes of the disease (at that time):

  • A punishment from God --------------------------- people used to pray, fast and confess                                                                                 their sins for the forgiveness of God to                                                                                 make him stop his punishment
  • The positioning of the planets -------------------- 2 comets passed directly over the city and                                                                           people belived the plague followed.                                                                              
  • Poisonous fumes or miasma (bad air) 
  • Infection -------------------------------------------- infection generally spread in homes from                                                                              people who handled food and brought food                                                                          in e.g, servants. It spread by breath, sweat                                                                          or by the sickness of a person.
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