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Topic: The Great Plague of London in numbers | Explore Royal Museums Greenwich

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Bubonic plague infection causes tiny blood vessels in the hands and fingers to clog up and cut off circulation. Without blood, the flesh dies and turns black (called "gangrene"). This is why in the Middle Ages bubonic plague was called "the Black Death." In the 14th century it killed an estimated 25 million people, or 30–60% of the European population.

Bubonic plague infection causes tiny blood vessels in the hands and fingers to clog up and cut off circulation. Without blood, the flesh dies and turns black (called "gangrene"). This is why in the Middle Ages bubonic plague was called "the Black Death." In the 14th century it killed an estimated 25 million people, or 30–60% of the European population.

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Animation showing the spread of the Black Death from 1346 through 1351. (Photo: TimeMaps/Wikimedia Commons)

Animation showing the spread of the Black Death from 1346 through 1351. (Photo: TimeMaps/Wikimedia Commons)

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The true meaning of the nursery rhyme 'Ring Around the Rosie': the bubonic plague.

The true meaning of the nursery rhyme 'Ring Around the Rosie': the bubonic plague.

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Ring Around The Rosie. This rhyme dates back to the Great Plague of London in 1665. The symptoms of bubonic plague included a rosy red ring-shaped rash, which inspired the first line. It was believed that the disease was carried by bad smells, so people frequently carried pockets full of fresh herbs, or "posies." The "ashes, ashes" line is believed to refer to the cremation of the bodies of those who died from the plague.

Ring Around The Rosie. This rhyme dates back to the Great Plague of London in 1665. The symptoms of bubonic plague included a rosy red ring-shaped rash, which inspired the first line. It was believed that the disease was carried by bad smells, so people frequently carried pockets full of fresh herbs, or "posies." The "ashes, ashes" line is believed to refer to the cremation of the bodies of those who died from the plague.

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‘Ring Around a Rosie’ A Brief History of the Bubonic Plague #history #medicine #health

‘Ring Around a Rosie’ A Brief History of the Bubonic Plague #history #medicine #health

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WHAT THE BUBONIC PLAGUE LOOKS LIKE TODAY - Paul Gaylord recovers from the plague in Bend, Oregon. He contracted the disease when he tried to pull a mouse out of his cat's mouth because it was choking on a rodent. The disease, a version of the medieval scourge that wiped out at least a third of Europe, took away the 59-year-old welder's fingertips, his toes and his ability to make a living. He faces an arduous recovery. The infected cat died, and the trailer he's living in has a mouse…

WHAT THE BUBONIC PLAGUE LOOKS LIKE TODAY - Paul Gaylord recovers from the plague in Bend, Oregon. He contracted the disease when he tried to pull a mouse out of his cat's mouth because it was choking on a rodent. The disease, a version of the medieval scourge that wiped out at least a third of Europe, took away the 59-year-old welder's fingertips, his toes and his ability to make a living. He faces an arduous recovery. The infected cat died, and the trailer he's living in has a mouse…

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