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By now we are all familiar with the experience of walking into a crowded place and worrying whether it is safe to be there, whether the number of people breathing in that space correlates to the higher possibility of infection and disease. Finally, we decide that the pleasures of social interaction or entertainment are not … Continue reading The Plague and the Hope
‘To Know the Sick from the Whole’: Sixteenth-Century Plague Records from the Southampton Book of Fines
A painter’s wife makes crosses on doors to mark the houses of those suffering from the plague. A man called John Lorde puts white rods in the hands of the infected ‘to know the syke from the whole.’ Men and women bear the sick to church. Sick people cry out for help. These evocative accounts … Continue reading ‘To Know the Sick from the Whole’: Sixteenth-Century Plague Records from the Southampton Book of Fines
Recusancy – the refusal to attend regular services of the newly-founded Church of England (usually in favour of attendance at the celebration of a Catholic mass) – was prohibited by the 1559 Act of Uniformity, with harsh penalties for non-compliance. The fines could be crippling: an initial fine of twelve shillings for non-attendance was soon … Continue reading The Drama of Recusancy in Yorkshire’s North Riding
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