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The Black Death in Bohemia: a medieval pandemic

20th May 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

A Zoom lecture by Dr Mark Whelan.

The coming of the Black Death to Europe was a defining epidemiological event, killing anywhere between twenty-five and eighty percent of the continent’s population in the years 1347-1351. With Covid-19 sweeping the globe, interest in past pandemics and the historical comparisons they may provide has never been higher. This talk examines the impact of plague on Bohemia in the medieval and early modern periods, surveying recent advances in the scholarship and understanding of how the pandemic impacted Central Europe and highlighting the latest archaeological finds unearthed in Czech lands, including the excavation in recent years of ‘plague pits’ in Kutná Hora stretching back to the fourteenth century.

Dr Whelan teaches at King’s College London and is an expert on late medieval and early modern Europe, with a focus on Germany and central Europe.

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20th May 2021
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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British Czech and Slovak Association

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