Ralph Tailor's summer : a scrivener, his city, and the plague /
Keith Wrightson.
New Haven : Yale University Press, c2011.
xiv, 208 p. : ill., maps.
0300174470 (cloth : alk. paper), 9780300174472 (cloth : alk. paper)
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New Haven : Yale University Press, c2011.
0300174470 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780300174472 (cloth : alk. paper)
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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.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [197]-203) and index.
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Introduced to his subject through the serendipitous discovery of Tailor's "elaborate and distinctive" signature, Wrightson (history, Yale Univ.; English Society: 1580-1680) employs the historical methodology of Carlo Ginzburg and Peter Burke in an effort to reconstruct from the "bottom up" a mid-17th-century English town beset by the plague. Wrightson's aim is not to attempt a total reconstruction of the life of Ralph Tailor but rather to use the scrivener's various writings and those of his companions to provide a window into the world of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1636. Although the plague disrupted the "normal rhythms and patterns" of daily life, the residents Wrightson presents go about their business much in the way we would expect, seeking information about sick neighbors, making their own final arrangements, and burying their dead. The uniqueness of the records discovered, analyzed, and elegantly presented by Wrightson is that they provide readers with an alternative version of the event through a "remarkable range of voices," including poor servants and women, otherwise lost to us. VERDICT While general readers will prefer Paul Slack's broader work, The Impact of Plague in Tudor and Stuart England, Wrightson's microhistory will be enjoyed by those with a deeper knowledge of 17th-century social history.-Brian Odom, Pelham P.L., AL (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Shortlisted in the non-fiction category for the 2012 Portico Prize for Literature, as given by the Portico Library and Gallery.
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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.
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The plague outbreak of 1636 in Newcastle upon Tyne was one of the most devastating in English history. This 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.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Prologurep. 1
Stories of the Plaguep. 6
The Destroying Angell and the Eye of the Northp. 10
Wildfirep. 28
Diligence and Care of Magistratesp. 43
Sent For to Writep. 54
Liveing a Scrivener in the Same Townep. 62
The Dialect of Heavenp. 75
Bequests and Legaciesp. 87
The Attentive Presence of Othersp. 98
Houshold Stuffep. 112
Discords, Variances, and Suitesp. 131
Ralf Taylor Notarie Publickep. 144
Epiloguep. 155
Notesp. 162
Bibliographyp. 197
Indexp. 204
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