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Defining Feature 5: Seasonality Of Bubonic Plague

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Bubonic plague has a distinctive seasonal pattern. The central argument of this chapter has three main parts: (1) this seasonal pattern can only be explained by the epidemiological properties of rat-flea-borne bubonic plague; (2) this seasonal pattern is incompatible with diseases spread by cross-infection; and (3) none of the alternative theories can explain this pattern. The arrival of the Black Death and subsequent plague epidemics caused a dramatic transformation of the seasonal distribution of mortality in England throughout the Late Middle Ages and well into the Early Modern Period. Twigg was the first of the advocates of alternative theories to emphasize the importance of the material on institutions of new parish priests during the Black Death for the study of the seasonality of plague.

Keywords: Bubonic Plague; parish priests; plague mortality; Twigg



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