Bubonic plague

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Country diary: A remote church in a long-lost borough | Jim Perrin
Llanfihangel Cefnllys, Powys: The bracken hillsides are aflame with light as I follow the lane to the spire

Jim Perrin

11, Mar, 2023 @5:30 AM

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Mystery of Black Death’s origins solved, say researchers
International team link spike in deaths at cemeteries in Kyrgyzstan in 1300s to start of plague pandemic

Ian Sample Science editor

15, Jun, 2022 @3:00 PM

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From plague puns to isolation creation: what Shakespeare teaches us about pandemic life
After 60 years with the Bard, John Bell reflects on how the playwright turned home quarantine into a source of productivity

Kelly Burke

08, Mar, 2021 @4:30 PM

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A happy ending for King Lear? Trauma of plague caused Shakespeare to change play’s finale
The Bard, like us, lived through a period of trauma. One expert now believes it coloured his later plays

Vanessa Thorpe

13, Dec, 2020 @8:45 AM

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Great plague of 1660s bears sad similarities to Covid pandemic
Inner-city poor suffered most while rich decamped to countryside – but numbers started falling as winter cold killed off rats

Paul Brown

09, Nov, 2020 @9:30 PM

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Where are the bones of Hans Holbein? I spent lockdown solving art's grisliest mystery
He was a star of the Renaissance, an unflinching painter of death and horror in a time of rampant plague. Yet he ended up in an unmarked grave in London. Or so it has always been believed …

Jonathan Jones

16, Jul, 2020 @2:07 PM

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Hisham Matar on how the Black Death changed art forever
After the plague, death became a silent companion for Renaissance artists. Hisham Matar recalls a month in Siena, exploring love, loss, mortality and art

Hisham Matar

06, Jun, 2020 @10:00 AM

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A Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe is our reading group book for May
This 1722 ‘potrait of the face of London now indeed strangely altered’ offers a fascinating perspective on our current crisis

Sam Jordison

28, Apr, 2020 @11:15 AM

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Shakespeare in lockdown: did he write King Lear in plague quarantine?
Pestilence was rife in the Bard’s time, closing theatres and ravaging life. Did he write his bleak, desperate drama while self-isolating? We sift the evidence

Andrew Dickson

22, Mar, 2020 @2:00 PM

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Plague visionaries: how Rembrandt, Titian and Caravaggio tackled pestilence
Much of Europe’s greatest art is haunted by outbreaks – but amid the death are testimonies of love. Can these masterpieces guide us through today’s crisis?

Jonathan Jones

17, Mar, 2020 @1:21 PM

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Mass grave shows how Black Death devastated the countryside
Grave in Lincolnshire dates to medieval pandemic of 1348 and reveals rural plague catastrophe

Esther Addley

18, Feb, 2020 @12:00 PM

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You think 2018 is the worst year ever? Try the real dark age: 536 | Kate Williams
Nothing compares to the year the sun stopped shining, says Kate Williams

Kate Williams

23, Nov, 2018 @10:53 AM

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