The mystery of plague in medieval Iceland

@article{Callow2016TheMO,
  title={The mystery of plague in medieval Iceland},
  author={Chris Callow and Charles M. Evans},
  journal={Journal of Medieval History},
  year={2016},
  volume={42},
  pages={254 - 284}
}
ABSTRACT This article is aimed at encouraging scholars to continue to take critical, interdisciplinary approaches to understanding the cause and scale of historic plague outbreaks. It does this by reinvestigating two recorded outbreaks of plague in Iceland in 1402–4 and 1494–5. It is argued that these were episodes of pneumonic plague, caused by Yersinia pestis, and that the likely mortality was no more than 25% of the population in both cases. This contrasts with the higher rates (50–60% and… Expand
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