Gott steh uns bei. Lord have mercy upon us
Das Pestjahr in London 1665/66

Während ihrer gesamten Geschichte wurde die Menschheit von Seuchen bedroht. Zu den einschneidendsten Seuchen gehören die Pestepidemien vom Mittelalter bis etwa 1900. Eine der letzten großen Pestepidemien trat in London in den Jahren 1665-1666 auf.

Die Möglichkeiten, darauf zu reagieren, waren gering. Medizin gab es nicht und über die Ursachen konnte man nur spekulieren. Wie haben die Menschen damals auf die Bedrohung reagiert? Und wie sind sie mit den Folgen umgegangen?



Der schwarze Tod in England


Pestausbruch in London


Das große Feuer von London


Entdeckung des Pesterregers durch Alexandre Émile Jean Yersin


Das Genom der schwarzen Pest wird entschlüsselt

Leseliste mit Werken zur Pest und zum großen Feuer in London

: A Journal of the Plague Year Being Observations or Memorials of the Most Remarkable Occurences, as Well Public as Private, Which Happened in London During the Last Great Visitation in 1665. Penguin, ISBN/EAN: 9780140437850 (Sprache: englisch)
Daniel Defoe (1660-1731) had a variety of careers including merchant, soldier, secret agent, and political pamphleteer. He wrote economic texts, history, biography, crime, and most famously fiction, including Robinson Crusoe, Moll Flanders and Roxana. Cynthia Wall is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Virginia.
"""""""The surprise 'must-read' for people facing the Covid-19 epidemic."""" -The TelegraphIn 1665 the plague swept through London, claiming over 97,000 lives. Daniel Defoe was just five at the time of the plague, but he later called on his own memories, as well as his writing experience, to create this vivid chronicle of the epidemic and its victims. A Journal (1722) follows Defoe's fictional narrator as he traces the devastating progress of the plague through the streets of London. Here we see a city transformed: some of its streets suspiciously empty, some-with crosses on their doors-overwhelmingly full of the sounds and smells of human suffering. And every living citizen he meets has a horrifying story that demands to be heard.For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators. """

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