Posted on 06/04/2020 at 07:45 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

One of our lockdown pastimes (and one that we share with many folks, we’re sure) is wondering what the world will look like when the pandemic is in the rearview mirror.

Historians can offer some predictions, based on the aftermath of one particularly devastating bubonic plague outbreak.

The death of half of Europe’s population opened up economic and social opportunities for the survivors — but that change also caused some general unease, based on the poetry from the era.

See excerpts that illustrate this fear in an article by Stephen Rigby, emeritus professor of medieval social and economic history at the University of Manchester.

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