Once I was a clever boy learning the arts of Oxford... is a quotation from the verses written by Bishop Richard Fleming (c.1385-1431) for his tomb in Lincoln Cathedral. Fleming, the founder of Lincoln College in Oxford, is the subject of my research for a D. Phil., and, like me, a son of the West Riding. I have remarked in the past that I have a deeply meaningful on-going relationship with a dead fifteenth century bishop... it was Fleming who, in effect, enabled me to come to Oxford and to learn its arts, and for that I am immensely grateful.

Tuesday, 28 April 2020

Medieval Milan and public health policy

The Washington Post has an opinion piece article by an historian about how the city and Duchy of Milan coped with pandemics and other outbreaks of plague in the later Middle Ages. It points out the sophistication of Milanese medicine and of its public health policies. These were clearly very advanced for their time but other cities and territories were also prudential in their management of the terrifying threat posed by bubonic plague. The article argues that in some respects medieval Milan still has things to teach modern states grappling with coronavirus.

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