[26]          Mary refers here to the Plague that affected England in 1665, from June until November, peaking in September when in London 12,000 people died in one week. Before the plague, London had a population of around 500,000 and after – about 400,000.

    This was the last major outbreak of the Black Death that ravished through Europe since 1347, and surged back in waves every ten years or so.

    At the time of the Plague Gulliver was four years old.

If you were a conspiracist, to whom would you attribute the Plague?

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