5 Apr 2021

Going Medieval: The history of plagues

From Easter Monday, 8:37 am on 5 April 2021

Self isolation, plague, closed borders, quarantine. These are all words we've become very familiar with over the past year, but they have their roots in plagues of the past.  Historian and medievalist Dr Eleanor Janega runs the Going Medieval blog and podcasts her way around the world, looking into the past.

She somehow fits this all in around teaching and lecturing as well. She made time for us to talk about just how medieval the modern moment is. 

A group of Venetians dressed up like old doctors at the time when in Venice there was the plague, celebrate the end of the Venice Carnival, despite the facts it has been stopped on Sunday due to Coronavirus.

Photo: Giacomo Cosua/NurPhoto/AFP