Venice in Lockdown – August 1576

Venice was one of the most international and active cities in Europe at this time and, because  its’ complex web of mercantile contacts with the Levant, North Africa and Asia, made it a nexus of routes, it was always at risk from disease and suffered repeated epidemics. The description here comes from what is consideredContinue reading “Venice in Lockdown – August 1576”

Boccaccio Describes the Black Death Florence – 1348

I had not planned to include the Preamble to the Decameron, because it is so well known, but three friends on three different continents wanted it, so here it is: Here begins the First Day of the Decameron, in which, when the author has explained how the characters, who will appear later, met together forContinue reading “Boccaccio Describes the Black Death Florence – 1348”

Miss Tully: Letters from Tripoli during the plague epidemic of 1785-6 January to June

        The plague slowly comes to an end.  January 20th, 1786 On the calm resignation of the Muslims to their fate, simply saying “maktub – it has been written” January 30th, 1786 On the shortage of boards for coffins and their exorbitant price; the two daughters of one noble lady die before their marriages, withContinue reading “Miss Tully: Letters from Tripoli during the plague epidemic of 1785-6 January to June”