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Author Wrightson, Keith.
Title Ralph Tailor's summer : a scrivener, his city, and the plague / Keith Wrightson.
Imprint New Haven : Yale University Press, 2011.

Author Wrightson, Keith.
Subject Tailor, Ralph.
Plague -- Social aspects -- England -- Newcastle upon Tyne -- History -- 17th century.
Scriveners (Law) -- England -- Newcastle upon Tyne -- Biography.
Notaries -- England -- Newcastle upon Tyne -- Biography.
City and town life -- England -- Newcastle upon Tyne -- History -- 17th century.
Material culture -- England -- Newcastle upon Tyne -- History -- 17th century.
Newcastle upon Tyne (England) -- Biography.
Newcastle upon Tyne (England) -- Social conditions -- 17th century.
Newcastle upon Tyne (England) -- Social life and customs -- 17th century.
Plague -- history -- England.
History, 17th Century -- England.
Records as Topic -- England.
Description 1 online resource (xiv, 208 pages) : illustrations, maps
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Prologue -- Stories of the Plague -- The "destroying Angell" and "the eye of the North" -- Wildfire -- Diligence and care of magistrates -- Sent for to write -- Liveing a scrivener in the same towne -- The dialect of heaven -- Bequests and legacies -- The attentive presence of others -- Houshold stuffe -- Discords, variances, and suites -- Ralf Taylor notarie publicke -- Epilogue.
Note Print version record.
Summary The plague outbreak of 1636 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne was one of the most devastating in English history. This hugely moving study looks in detail at its impact on the city through the eyes of a man who stayed as others fled: the scrivener Ralph Tailor. As a scrivener Tailor was responsible for many of the wills and inventories of his fellow citizens. By listening to and writing down the final wishes of the dying, the young scrivener often became the principal provider of comfort in people's last hours. Drawing on the rich records left by Tailor during the course of his work along with many other sources, Keith Wrightson vividly reconstructs life in the early modern city during a time of crisis and envisions what such a calamitous decimation of the population must have meant for personal, familial, and social relations.
ISBN 9780300177596 (electronic bk.)
0300177593 (electronic bk.)
0978300174472 (cloth ; alk. paper)
ISBN/ISSN 9786613344748
OCLC # 779173279
Additional Format Print version: Wrightson, Keith. Ralph Tailor's summer. New Haven : Yale University Press, 2011 9780300174472 (DLC) 2011008251 (OCoLC)706803938

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