- Sep 4, 2018
Interesting documentary. To this day we're uncertain about how the black death was transmitted - the fleas on rats theory has long gone out the window. I always imagined if there was a pandemic in modern times we'd know exactly how it was spreading but this isn't really the case.
The one parallel I'd draw between covid-19 and the black death is the importance of travel routes. Despite proclamations from everyone that the disease will sweep through the 3rd world, so far the evidence suggests that the disease goes where international businessmen go the most.
I don't see a lot of other parallels between the two pandemics, statisticians will not find much evidence of covid-19's death toll outside of New York, northern italy and spain. The black wiped out 40-50% of the European population
I think I once read the first case of the black death was in Kilkenny city.
No but there is a strong link to the city as most of what we know comes from the pen of Friar John Clynn of that place who wrote up on it
"So that notable deeds should not perish with time, and be lost from the memory of future generations, I, seeing these many ills, and that the whole world encompassed by evil, waiting among the dead for death to come, have committed to writing what I have truly heard and examined; and so that the writing does not perish with the writer, or the work fail with the workman, I leave parchment for continuing the work, in case anyone should still be alive in the future and any son of Adam can escape this pestilence and continue the work thus begun."
The Annals of Ireland by Friar John Clyn