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“The poorer sorte haue no place too flee”: Inside the class wars of the plague

During 16th and 17th-century plague outbreaks, mass relocation on part of the rich provoked such controversy that fleeing one’s place of residence earned itself a popular term: flight

By Maya Gordon  

Dominic Cummings’s escape to the country during lockdown was a particularly deplorable move, but his case is not an isolated one. From the epicentres of the UK’s coronavirus crisis, hundreds fled the contagion of the city for the calm of the country. North Devon MP Selaine Saxby relayed reports of urban getaways sneaking into Devon “under the cover of darkness.” Even the (now former)…

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