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

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

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.

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)

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…

Those skeletons sure seem to be having a good time with the plague. Now THAT'S making lemonade out of lemons.  London Plague -- 1665

Those skeletons sure seem to be having a good time with the plague. Now THAT'S making lemonade out of lemons. London Plague -- 1665

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