Bethany Johnson | Exploring Community Responses to the Plague in the 16th Century

Dec 13, 2023 | arts and humanities

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By the second half of the 16th Century, the British Isles had experienced more than two centuries of periodic plague outbreaks. As a result, town councils were well equipped to rapidly implement a range of policies to protect public health. In response to the threat of plague, officials quickly enacted controls on the importation of goods and limits on the number of people traveling between municipalities. Locals or out-of-town workers were hired to care for the ill, bury the dead, clean the streets, and fumigate houses. Read More

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Summary of the article ‘The Johnes of Glasgow: Searching, Plague and Early Modern Municipal Power’, in the Social History of Medicine,


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