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How Medieval People Tried To Dance Away The Plague

How Medieval People Tried To Dance Away The Plague

It was a warm June day in 1374 in the medieval town of Aix-Ia-Chapelle, present-day Aachen, Germany, when the dancing started. It was the holy feast of St. John the Baptist, which aligns with the pagan celebration of Midsummer during the summer solstice. Traditionally, St. John’s Day was a day…

Humans, Not Rats, May Have Been Responsible For Spreading The Black Death

The Black Death, a plague responsible for killing around a third of the population of Europe during the 14th century, spread to millions of humans by rats that carried infected fleas – right? That’s the story we’ve long been told by historians. A new study upends this conventional thinking, showing…