Women of the plague

In 1665, bubonic plague ravaged London, killing tens of thousands. Scores of Londoners documented the outbreak but few reported on the experiences of women. Here – telling the story of the victims, the survivors and those charged with working with the dead and dying – Rebecca Rideal seeks to redress the balance...

Vienna Plague Hospital, 1679. (Getty Images)

This article was first published in the August 2017 issue of BBC History Magazine 

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