Many of the images we associate with the plague actually depict leprosy or smallpox. In fact, there are very few images of the Black Death from the time of the scourge.
Monica H. Green, former Member in the School of Historical Studies, is among the historians attempting to correct these common misconceptions, explaining that these works "fulfill our image of infectious disease," but they're wrong. "This is the big hoodwinking everyone has participated in."
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