black death, plague and plague doctors
The Black Death was mentioned on another thread, so I thought I’d write a little about it on The Pack-Porch Forum topic. The Black Death raged for about ten years in the mid 14th century. It was probably caused by Yersinia pestis. This was not only carried by black rats and their fleas, but also directly spread from person to person via respiratory droplet infection particularly when people were huddled together. I’ve always been fascinated by the plague doctor’s outfit. This was invented surprisingly late, in fact in the early 17th century.