FIRST HAND ACCOUNT OF THE BLACK DEATH

In this post I will share an account of the plague by the 14th century historian Agnolo di Turo (luckily the current pandemic is much less lethal - yet, stay safe everyone!):


"The mortality in Siena began in May. It was a cruel and horrible thing. It is impossible for the human tongue to recount the awful truth. Indeed, one who did not see such horribleness can be called blessed. The victims died almost immediately. They would swell beneath the armpits and in the groin, and fall over while talking. Father abandoned child, wife husband, one brother another; for this illness seemed to strike through breath and sight. And so they died. None could be found to bury the dead for money or friendship. Members of a household brought their dead to a ditch as best they could, without priest, without divine offices. In many places in Siena great pits were dug and piled deep with the multitude of dead. And they died by the hundreds, both day and night, and all were thrown in those ditches and covered with earth. And as soon as those ditches were filled, more were dug. I, Agnolo di Tura, buried my five children with my own hands. And so many died that all believed it was the end of the world."


The image depicts a plague doctor, who wore these costumes from the 17th century onward. They wore a beak-like mask which was filled with aromatic items, which were supposed to protect them from the disease.



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