Plague and Responses in Early Modern Britain

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Plague and Responses in Early Modern Britain

Kept Coming Back

  • 8 outbreaks between 1500-1670
  • Common in dirty places (towns) 
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Plague and Responses in Early Modern Britain

Symptoms 

  • Blister when bitten by flea 
  • Headaches, sick, thirst, high temp and terrible pain 
  • Bubloes in groin, neck and armpit 
  • Red, blue and purple blotches on skin 
  • Death came within 5 days.
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Impact 

  • 10%-30% area died 
  • Poor/ dirty areas were worse hit
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Nobody Understood It 

  • Believed God/miasma caused plague 
  • Believed dead bodies/dirty water/filthy streets cause plague
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National Government 1518

  • Isolated families in clearly marked houses. 
  • Bundles of straw from windows
  • Carried white sticks. 

National Government tried to improve health for first time.

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National Government 1578 

Plague Orders printed by Queen Elizabeth I 

  • Special prayers said in Church 
  • Barrels of tar burned in streets
  • Isolate families for at least 40 days
  • Watchmen made sure no one left infected houses 
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National Government 1604 

Harsh punishment if left isolation

  • Plague victim = hanged
  • Family of victim = whipped 
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Asking God 

  • Prayed and fasted 
  • Went to Church and confesses sins

Religious beliefs important at time

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Running Away 

  • Wealthy and some Priests ran away 
  • Some doctors and Priests helped sick 
  • Poor had nowhere to run 
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Looking for a Cure 

  • Miasma believed to cause plague 
  • Burned tar in streets 
  • Doctors put sweet smelling petals and herbs in beaks
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Avoiding the Sick

  • Contagion and isolation = key ideas 
  • Plague Orders said avoid sick 
  • Infected maids/apprentices thrown out of homes.
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