Plague Spotting

Of all of the symptoms of plague, the 'plague spots' are the most problematic. For some reason historians (and others) have grabbed on to plague spots as a distinguishing characteristic to recognize images of the plague even though they are not an obligate symptom of plague. The image to the left is one of the... Continue Reading →


Winter Reading

Well since spring is officially here, I guess I'm overdue in posting my winter reading. For being snowed in several weekends this winter, I think I must have done more hibernating than reading/work! My reading seemed to be all over the place and more than usual off-topic to be listed here. I shall try to... Continue Reading →

Autumn Reading

So much for my plan to do monthly reading updates. I think quarterly might be more feasible. It seems like the fall has flown by and was not as productive as I would have liked. Isn't that always the way? So I'm currently working my way through Cameron's Anglo-Saxon Medicine and then next up will... Continue Reading →

Reading in August

Just a little update on my reading in August. I've been jumping around a bit reading on the history of malaria and wetlands.  Lots of interesting bits and pieces! Books John Aberth. An Environmental History of the Middle Ages: The Crucible of Nature, 2013. Gregory of Tours (d. 594): Glory of the Confessors  Gregory of Tours (d. 594):... Continue Reading →

Opening the Plague Files

Book Citation: A.P. Cook & N.D. Cook.  The Plague Files: Crisis Management in Sixteenth-Century Seville.  Louisiana State University Press, 2009. 296 pp. ISBN: 978-0-8071-4360-5. Topic: Public Health Crisis Management Time and Place: Seville, Spanish Empire, 1579-1581. Audience:  Those interested in history, crisis management, public health, and political science; written for a general audience. Discussion: The... Continue Reading →

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