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    David Paul(Author)

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In September 1665, plague was inadvertentlytransported from London to Eyam in Derbyshire on a consignment of cloth. This small country village subsequently became famous for its decision to instate a A ecordon sanitaireA f, isolaoiing itself to prevent the disease from spreading. Much of EyamA fs population perished during that torrid period. Eyam: Plague Village follows the local rector, the Revd William Mompesson, as he tries to support his parishioners and contain the disease. Basing his account closely on the known facts, David Paul describes the events during this time in the villageA fs history from the perspectives of the rector, his wife Catherine, and the fictional character of Beth Hounsfeild, CatherineA fs cousin.

David Paul is a well-known local historian and author. He lives in Widnes.

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  • PDF | 160 pages
  • David Paul(Author)
  • Amberley Publishing; UK ed. edition (15 Mar. 2012)
  • English
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  • By suzimac on 25 August 2013

    Excellent book. I wanted to read it because my father's family all originate in a village not too far from eyam. After reading it, i realised that without the sacrifice of those villagers, the plague would have spread to the other villages and i may well have never been born.

  • By amotog on 28 September 2012

    I would highly recommend David Paul's, `Eyam, Plague Village', to anyone with an interest in history and also anyone who is unaware of the tragedy and selfless actions of the inhabitants of Eyam when the plague struck in 1665. David Paul gives a well researched account of the events of 1665 -1666 in an accessible and very readable format and uses a certain element of fiction to convey the tragedy of events in Eyam. This gives a very human interest, which is much more engaging than a dry summary of events. The fictional aspects of the book are clearly indicated in the introduction and in no way detract from the historical evidence. One element of the book which I found particularly interesting was the light thrown on the position in society of Nonconformists after the Restoration. Mr Paul gives a credible and persuasive argument to indicate that the Rev. Thomas Stanley was, in the past, denied the recognition and credit for his significant role in the events that occurred. Not only did I find the book a very interesting account of the tragedy in Eyam but it also prompted much thought for reflection upon society today regarding religion and working together for the common good. The addition of the photographs of the area and the detailed maps of the favourite walks of Catherine Mompesson are an original and fascinating feature. They give one an opportunity to follow literally in the footsteps of those brave souls of Eyam who faced the terrible ravages of the plague.Amotog

  • By avidreader on 8 April 2012

    i've just finished reading David paul's fascinating story of Eyam. the village where so many people lost their lives due to the black death. i never realised that there was so much heroism until i turned over the interesting pages in the book. david has certainly captured the mood of the time, and brings the story, which is well worth telling, back to life again. i also liked the several photographs which he has included and also the two walks; i've just dome the longer walk and is was very excellent read and well worth the small investment.

  • By David Stowell on 4 July 2012

    Excellent written view of the heroic stand by the villagers of Eyam to confine the Plague to within their own community.The Author has placed the reader in the epicentre through the eyes of the Revd.William Mompesson and his battle to prevent the Plague from speading and the dangers he faced through the care of his parishioners.The village of Eyam should be made more famous for its sacrifice and this book gives it the justice it deserves.Highly recommended.

  • By jeanaud on 11 August 2013

    Visited Eyam and just had to read more about it. A bit tedious sometimes as it's in the form of a diary and feels a bit repetitive, but still enjoyed it. Want to go back to Eyam now that I have a bit more knowledge about it. Would recommend it to anyone interested in history.

  • By Dilly on 2 January 2015

    Really liked this book. Coming from Derbyshire, the story of Eyam was well known to me but this taught me more and helped to put it into context with the times.Somewhat dubious of the novel as history but it was well researched and a good tale.

  • By Denise Orriss on 5 July 2013

    Bought this as going to visit Eyam this year on holiday.Fascinating to read the journals about what they all endured.Go to the village if you get the chance.

  • By Mrs D on 16 April 2013

    I am Struggling to get into this book. If it surprises me later on I'll update with a better review!

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