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  • What's new with the plague? More than you might think

    Scholars and scientists have made key discoveries in the past decade about the 14th-century plague known as the Black Death, says history professor Carol Symes.

    Scholars and scientists have made key discoveries in the past decade about the 14th-century plague known as the Black Death – for one thing, finding its source – says history professor Carol Symes, who specializes in medieval studies.

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  • Editor’s note:

    To reach Carol Symes, email symes@illinois.edu; Twitter handle @MedievalGlobe.

    Her lectures can be found here, part of a series of virtual events organized by the university’s European Union Center in response to COVID-19.

    Much of the research Symes refers to can be found in “Pandemic Disease in the Medieval World: Rethinking the Black Death” (available for download), edited by Monica H. Green (@monicaMedHist) and published in the journal “The Medieval Globe,” for which Symes serves as executive editor.