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Urban governance, public health and the impact of plague on everyday life in Cambridge, 1625-1630.

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This article assesses the role of urban governance in the context of imposing the plague regulations in Cambridge in 1625 and 1630. It does so by examining the production of policies, their execution, and their modification in light of experience. It shows that the Vice Chancellor and the Mayor of Cambridge marshalled a relatively strong response to the moderate outbreak of 1625, although they faced real difficulties in ensuring that lower parish officials undertook their tasks. In 1630, by contrast, there was a failure of local governors to manage the much worse epidemic, and a dispute ensued between the town, the county and the Privy Council. The jurisdiction of urban governors was both the strength and the limitation in response to the two epidemics.

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Social history (London)

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0307-1022
1470-1200

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Routledge

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