Re:It sounds a cheerful little tale!

the book Year of Wonders takes it title from John Dryden's Annus Mirabilis as all the action takes place in 1666. it is based on the true story of Eyam, in Derbyshire, which had an isolated outbreak of plague the same year London did.

it is a very interesting time; the restoration of the throne, cromwell and the puritans, the great fire of london.. so many changes, so that even a small town in the remote country side, experience new and wonderous thing, (and the plague is not always seen by the villager as a punishment, but at an opportunity for purification..) it its a time of great change..