The Great Plague of London, 1665-1666

It was the last widespread outbreak of bubonic plague in England during the 400-year Second Pandemic. Introduction The Great Plague, lasting from 1665 to 1666, was the last major epidemic of the bubonic plague to occur in England. It happened within the centuries-long Second Pandemic, a period of intermittent bubonic plague epidemics which originated in[…]

Deadly Stink and Life-Saving Aromas in 17th-Century Plague-Stricken London

Looking at medical advice given to suffers during London’s ‘Great Plague’ c.1665-1666 How do you avoid catching the plague? Smoke constantly. Carry a sponge soaked in vinegar. Hang oranges studded with cloves around your house. This was the best medical advice available circa 1665, as the Great Plague ravaged London. The miasma theory of contagious[…]