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The Plague of Men by Karen Maitland

Posted on: 04/04/2017 with tags: company of liars, England, karen maitland, Pestilence, plague, The Plague Charmer, Middle Ages, Plague

My new medieval thriller, The Plague Charmer, is set in 1361 and if you’d been unfortunate enough to be living in England that year, you would probably have believed the world was coming to an end because that was the year the Black Death struck again, only thirteen years after it had first ravaged England. In the minds of medieval people, omens of impending disaster had been building steadily. The weather was unusually hot and dry causing a terrible drought so that food crops failed, as well as…

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Karen Maitland introduces THE PLAGUE CHARMER

Posted on: 03/10/2016 with tags: historical fiction, historical novel, karen maitland, Medieval, medieval england, medieval history, plague, Medieval

My new novel is set in 1361 when the Black Death swept across England for the second time. When it first struck in 1348, the plague had seemed like the end of the world, but when it returned it just thirteen years later it was with a far more cruel and devastating twist. It is strange how ideas come together to create a novel. I was watching the news about Ebola when the reporter turned to the camera and asked a simple, but chilling, question – what would you do to save the lives of those you lo…

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SD Sykes: Crime and Plague

Posted on: 12/05/2015 with tags: historical crime, historical fiction, plague, plague land, plagueland, sd sykes, Medieval

SD Sykes on Crime and PlagueMurder in a time of death.You might wonder why I chose to set my debut novel Plague Land, a story of murder, against the backdrop of a plague. And not just an ordinary plague… the Black Death, the worst demographic disaster the world has ever seen. A plague that’s estimated to have killed roughly half the people in Europe. Would a murder have mattered at this time? With so many dead already, would anybody have cared about yet another death?To be honest, at the height…

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Ebola: the new Black Death?

Posted on: 15/10/2014 with tags: author blog, Black Death, Bubonic Plague, Ebola, medieval england, medieval history, plague, plague land, Pneumonic Plague, s d sykes

by S D Sykes, author of PLAGUE LAND In October 1347 a fleet of Genoese ships sailed into the Italian port of Messina. Their freight contained not just the goods they were transporting from the trading city of Caffa in the Crimea, but also a deadly cargo: the Plague. Here is a contemporary account of what happened next. ‘When the inhabitants of Messina discovered that this sudden death emanated from the Genoese ships, they hurriedly ordered them out of the harbour and town. But the evil remained…

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