“One walks if one must walk, in the very centre of the roadway to avoid the contagion seeping from the dwellings. Those who must walk through the poorer parishes cover their faces in herb-stuffed masks contrived like the beaks of great birds. People go through the streets like drunkards, weaving from this side to that so as to avoid passing too close to any other pedestrian. And yet one cannot take a hackney, for the last person inside may have breathed contagion” ……….

Looking for a new book to read, or revisit? This novel Is based on the true account of the Derbyshire village of Eyam In the years 1665-1666 when it became infested with the black plague. Interesting, well researched, well written, and eerily prescient!

Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks. 2001. Historic Fiction

* There is an excellent little museum in Eyam*