With ebola spreading across West Africa, the parallels between the modern affliction and the plague of the Middle Ages is unavoidable. Now cured by simple antibiotics, the plague at one time ravaged most of the classical world

Old Saint Paul’s: A Tale of the Plague and the Fire. London: Parry, Blenkarn & Co., London: Printed for W. Nicoll, From the holdings of Harry Elkins Widener Memorial Library—Harvard College Library

Black and white stock photograph of a group of little children plaing ring around a rosie in the street, New York, Picture of Children Playing Ring Around a Rosie.

In the Middle Ages, devil-fearing Christians killed cats, which carried the unintended consequence of increasing the rat population and the spread of the Black Death

The Plague Doctor's 'beak mask' contained powerful aromas to prevent miasmas of contagion from infecting him - this style is from Rome but they were also worn in London's Great Plague

Toads Around Your Neck and Forcing Kids to Smoke- Escaping The Great Plague of London

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DNA reveals what caused London's Great Plague

DNA analysis of skeletons found in an ancient burial ground in central London has identified presence of the bacteria responsible for the Great Plague of London.

Cigarette Card - The Great Plague of London, 1665 Churchman's Cigarettes "The Story of London" (series of 50 issued in The Great Plague, 1665 ~ smuggling a child away from in infected house.

Plague engraving depicting the difference between urban and rural dealings with plague infected corpses.

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