Note the following blog was written before I knew about the research highlighted in another blog: see "Did rats spread the black death?" Anyway, with that caveat, you can still read my wiki thoughts on the plague, starting now…
I recently saw a serial called Spiral on Netflicks (an engaging crime drama set in France) wherein one of the episodes a judge intoned something to the effect that the lesser of two evils was itself still quite an evil. Loosely translated the statement was “it’s cholera or it’s the plague”. It got me doing a sort of imagining what it must have been like to live during one of the outbreaks of bubonic plague in Europe, while at the same time tasking by queuing up the next episode of Spiral (this episode featuring a cop with a drug addiction). To help with the former, I turned to the digital milieu of Wikipedia.
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