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The great plague of london

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A brief summary of the great plague in 1666

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The great plague of london

  1. 1. THE GREAT PLAGUE OF LONDON 1665 – 1666
  2. 2. The great plague: • It took place in London in 1665 and 1666. • The disease came from Holland. • Spread by fleas that lived in black rats.
  3. 3. The disease spreaded easily because:  It was summer. Weather was extremely hot. Citizen used to thrown out the rabbish into the street. Wealthy people, included the King, moved away and that helped to spread the plague to other parts of the country.
  4. 4. GOD´S PUNISHMENT? • People believed that the disease was a kind of punishment – retribution for sins against God such as:  Greed, Blasphemy, Fornication Etc.
  5. 5. HOW TO OVERCOME THE PLAGUE? GOD´S FORGIVNESS. “People seeking God´s forgiveness”
  6. 6. “PLAGUE DOCTORS”
  7. 7. • Plague Doctors were powerless against diseasse. • They tried to protect themselves by wearing special uniform: • A mask which fully covered their head and a neck. • two glass eyes. • A beak stuffed with herbs to purify the air they breathed in. • Leather gloves to protect their hands. • A long gown made out of a thick material which was covered with wax.
  8. 8. Plague doctors and nurses were hired to visit and record the sick. Houses where people were infected were marked with a red cross. Dogs were suspected of carrying plague, About 40,000 dogs and 80,000 cats were culled.
  9. 9. 1665 was London’s worse epidemic about 100,000 people died.
  10. 10. THE GREAT FIRE OF LONDON (September, 1st 1666)  Destroyed much of the centre of London. Helped to kill some of the rats and fleas that carried the plague.
  11. 11. HOW THE PLAGUE AFFECTED THEATRES “Globe Theatre. Built in 1599” • Akin to prostitution. • Theatres were closed in orden to prevent the spread of the disease. • Actor/Actresses could not get money. • The actors had no idea when the theatres would open again. • Shakespeare started to write POEMS instead of PLAYS.

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