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Module

HIS3331 : God's Terrible Voice: the experience and impact of Plague in England, 1500 - 1722

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Jeremy Boulton
  • Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

The module aims to take students through the key trends and historiographical debates concerning the impact of plague in early modern England, placing the use and interpretation of primary sources at the core of their experience.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module will provide students with an in-depth study of the impact of plague epidemics in early modern England. Topics studied will include an introduction to plague, death and disease in early modern England;
Bubonic Plague: the nature of the disease and its history; Plague demography: counting plague in early modern England; Plague in London before 1665 ; Samuel Pepys and the last ‘Great Plague’ 1665; Plague in towns: Ralph Tailor’s Summer: Plague in Newcastle; Plague in the countryside: the Roses of Eyam?; Plague: Counter measures and social control; Plague and religion: God’s scourge?; Plague and medicine: doctors and plague ; The disappearance and feared return of plague: Defoe’s Journal of the Plague Year

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

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