London’s Dreaded Visitation
Presidential Lecture: London’s Dreaded Visitation: the impact and nature of epidemic disease in Restoration London and after
Justin Champion, President of the Historical Association and Professor of the History of Early Modern Ideas, Royal Holloway, University of London
This lecture explored the epidemiology of disease in metropolitan London, exploring by reconstructions of local impact in the various parishes north, south east and west of the City from Bills of Mortality, burial registers and the Churchwardens’ accounts which often allow a day by day if not hour by hour report of how the plague disrupted the health of the rich and poor alike. The lecture aimed to refute the traditional account of rats and fleas being the culprits, and to explore why women suffered in greater proportion.
This film was recorded at the HA Annual Conference 2016 which took place at the Majestic Hotel in Harrogate.
Epidemic disease in Restoration London (Film)
- London’s Dreaded Visitation