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Medieval History

The Black Death and the Flagellant Movement

June 18, 2021

Before the Black Death, a group known as the flagellants believed in punishing themselves for the sins of humanity. The Black Death ignited this movement into a roaring fire across Europe. […]

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European History

Effects of Black Death in Russia

May 22, 2021

When the Black Death arrived in Russia, it took its toll just like everywhere else it had visited, but Russia was actually exposed to the plague twice. While the first onset of the Black Plague gave Russia a much-needed respite from the Mongol rule, the second wave crippled it. […]

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European History

The Scandinavian Myths about the Black Death

May 20, 2021

There are several folklore and myths that are related to the plague that ravaged Scandinavia in the 1300s. However, these myths and legends varied from one country to another. In Norway and Sweden, the Black Death is described as a person or people, while in Denmark, it was described as the mist. […]

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European History

How did the Trade Routes Spread the Plague in Scandinavia?

May 19, 2021

The main source of the plague in Scandinavia were the trade routes. Scandinavian countries depended largely on trade for their survival. Finally, in 1349, a ship carrying wool to Norway from London was responsible for bringing the plague to Scandinavia. […]

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British History

How England Coped With the Plague

May 11, 2021

After the plague hit England, people had a hard time coping with it. Nobles obviously had an easier time than peasants but it still affected everybody. […]

Marseille Cathedral de la Major under the blue sky.
European History

Plague in France: Horror Comes to Marseille

April 20, 2021

At the end of 1347, after a large part of medieval Europe was ravaged by the 14th-century plague, it was Marseille’s turn, where 60 percent of the population died of the disease. […]

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