Ancient History Encyclopedia
Boccaccio on the Black Death: Text & Commentary
May 11, 2020 · 18 min
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Boccaccio on the Black Death: Text & Commentary, written by Joshua J Mark and narrated by DW Draffin:…text--commentary/

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The Black Death is the name given to the plague outbreak in Europe between 1347-1352 CE. The term was only coined after 1800 CE in reference to the black buboes (growths) which erupted in the groin, armpit, and around the ears of those infected as the plague struck the lymph nodes; people of the time referred to it as “the pestilence” among other terms. It came from the East where it raged between 1346-1360 CE and was a combination of bubonic, septicemic, and pneumonic plague.

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