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In the mid-1300s, approximately one quarter of the world’s population succumbed to the Black Death; 30-60% of Europe’s population lost their lives in a painful mess of black buboes and vomited blood.1 This devastation was captured in manuscripts, paintings and murals that survive to this day. Check out the Black Death through the eyes of the Medieval mind…


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1512 woodcut of a doctor and his assistants tending to a plague patient 1512 woodcut of a doctor and his assistants tending to a plague patient

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The Triumph of Death, Pieter Bruegel the Elder The Triumph of Death, Pieter Bruegel the Elder

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Burying Plague Victims of Tournai Burying Plague Victims of Tournai

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Triumph of Death Wall Painting, ca. 1448, Palazzo Abatellis Triumph of Death Wall Painting, ca. 1448, Palazzo Abatellis
Triumph of Death Wall Painting, ca. 1448, Palazzo Abatellis (detail) Triumph of Death Wall Painting, ca. 1448, Palazzo Abatellis (detail)
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Meghan MacRae grew up in Vancouver, Canada, but spent many years living in the remote woods. Living in the shadow of grizzly bears, cougars and the other predators of the wilderness taught her about the dark side of nature, and taught her to accept her place in nature's order as their prey. She is co-founder of CVLT Nation.

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