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Rats Did Not Cause Black Death Says Boffin With Book Out

by | 17th, August 2011

HISTORY time now as we learn that rats did not carry the flea that carried the Black Death in London back in1348 and 1349.

Barney Sloane, author of The Black Death in London, has sensational news:

“The evidence just isn’t there to support it. We ought to be finding great heaps of dead rats in all the waterfront sites but they just aren’t there. And all the evidence I’ve looked at suggests the plague spread too fast for the traditional explanation of transmission by rats and fleas. It has to be person to person – there just isn’t time for the rats to be spreading it.”

Fact! The rats are in the clear. Time to blame the Irish.

Well, maybe.

“It was certainly the Black Death but it is by no means certain what that disease was, whether in fact it was bubonic plague.”

Anyhow, buy the book – or ask a rat…



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