The curious history of the Milan area that remained immune to the plague: an eccentric marquis, a witch or simply coal?

Before 1630 Milan had over one hundred thousand inhabitants. In 1632 there were forty-seven thousand. In the middle there was the most violent plague epidemic in the history of the city. In the peak period, the so-called “black death” killed nearly 1000 people a day. The Italian Plague of 1629–1631 was a series of outbreaks of bubonic plague which ravaged northern and central Italy. Often referred to as the Great Plague of Milan, it claimed possibly one million lives, or about 25% of the population. Historically, it seems that German…

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The White Spring: a dark Victorian well house now plays host to mystical waters and pagan shrines.

We are in England. It is one of the greatest mysteries of Avalon, the legendary island featured in the Arthurian legend, that two different healing springs, one touched red with iron, the other white with calcite, should rise within a few feet of each other from the caverns beneath Glastonbury Tor, and both have healing in their flow. The quaint sculpted gardens of the Chalice Well surround Glastonbury’s most famous natural water source, the Red Spring, so called for the iron oxide it deposits in its basin. But just opposite…

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#TodayInHistory – April 4

April 4 – Some Important Events on this day 655 👉🏼 Battle at Postage Farina, Tunis: English fleet beats Barbary pirates 🏴‍☠️ 1460 👉🏼 University of Basel in Swizerland forms 1660 👉🏼 English King Charles II sends Declaration of Breda (freedom of religion) 1789 👉🏼 1st US Congress begins regular sessions during George Washington’s presidency at Federal Hall, NYC (ending 1791) 1818 👉🏼 Congress decides on the US flag: 13 red & white stripes & 20 stars 🇺🇸 1905 👉🏼 1905 Earthquake in Kangra India, kills 20,000 🇮🇳 1949 👉🏼…

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