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What is the Black Death?

The outbreak of the Black Death in the 14th century decimated populations across Europe, Asia and Africa.

Impact of the Black Death

The Black Death was the greatest and most devastating ecological disaster of the middle ages. As well as a high mortality rate, the epidemic affected many aspects of society.

Spread of the Black Death

This programme takes a detailed look at the spread of the Black Death in the 14th century.


The past, present and future of the bubonic plague

The bubonic plague killed around 1/5 of the world’s population in the 14th century.

Discover the secret history and meaning behind the Ring Around the Rosy nursery rhyme.