Tag Archive: The Plague

Medieval England not so grim

Maybe being a serf or a villein in the Middle Ages was not such a grim existence as it seems. Medieval England was not only far more prosperous than previously believed, it also actually boasted an average income that would be more than double the average per capita income of the world’s poorest nations today,…

Bacteria confirmed as culprit in Black Death

Anthropologists said on Friday they had confirmed long-running suspicions that a germ called Yersinia pestis caused the plague that wiped out an estimated third of Europe’s population in the Middle Ages. Teeth and bones sampled from 76 skeletons found in “plague pits” in France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands and sequenced for DNA intrusion are…

Michael Wood’s Story of England: Big historical secrets – in a humble Midlands village

Story of England, which begins on BBC Four tonight, is a very simple idea: to tell the story of one place through the whole of English history, from Anglo-Saxons and Vikings to the Somme and D-Day – and from the point of view of the people, not the rulers. It tries to show the slow…