Written between 1348 and 1353, the Decameron is a prescription for psychological survival, a way of mentally distancing from today's death counts and grim economic forecasts.
The cities of Europe have experienced disease outbreaks for centuries, but they were able to bounce back using quarantine, economic stimulus and patience. Not all were successful.
The 14th century Black Death pandemic catalysed enormous societal, economic, artistic and cultural reforms in Medieval Europe. Infectious disease pandemics can be major turning points in history.
COVID-19 is a plague not merely on the happiness that comes with health and wealth, but also on the meaning in our lives.
Plague ravaged England repeatedly during Shakespeare's lifetime. The playwright translated the experience of sickness and restoration in many ways on the stage.
During the Black Death of the 1300s, medieval writers struggled to make sense of the disease just as we are now during the COVID-19 pandemic
In the aftermath of the plague, division and discord spread in medieval cities.
Historically, pandemics have brought about profound societal improvements. Will that happen this time?