Famine and Plague in Early Modern England
Wednesday 29 February
Lecture Theatre 8W 1.1
One of the main experiences which distinguishes the Tudor and Stuart period from the modern age is that its people suffered regularly from famine and from devastating epidemic disease. This talk is designed to look at the way in which historians can study these killers and their effects, and how they were perceived and experienced by people at the time. It also, however, emphasises that both mass starvation and the attacks of the greatest lethal disease, bubonic plague, ended in England in the seventeenth century. Its final intention is therefore to determine how this happened and how the modern period was freed of those two terrible scourges.
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Professor Ronald Hutton
Ronald Hutton is a Professor of History at Bristol University. He took his degrees at Cambridge and Oxford and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and of the Society of Antiquaries. He has published fifteen books on different aspects of British history and his latest book is a survey of the Tudor and early Stuart period.