"What caused the Black Plague?" series

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As I noted last week, Shelley mentioned a topic that's been brought up here a few times in the comments section: alternative theories for causes of the Black Plague (the devastating plague that ravaged Europe beginning in ~1347 and eventually killed more than a third of the population). Though…
Yesterday I introduced criticisms that have been raised against Y. pestis causation of the Black Death and subsequent plague outbreaks. Today I'll discuss what I see as weaknesses in these criticisms, after the jump. Selective quoting and interpretation of evidence First and foremost, a big…

Thanks for a most interesting series of articles. I've been studying the history of the Black Death for a little while now, and mulling over the available evidence that suggests bubonic plague was not actually responsible.

Have you read Mike Baillie's book, New Light On The Black Plague 'the cosmic connection'?

A very thought provoking book, presenting strong evidence that cometary impacts and overhead explosions around the time of the 1340's, was responsible for the mass deaths; this includes all the earthquakes documented at the time, the descriptions of raging fires and 'bad vapours' killing people hours after they inhaled it, trees 'knocked to the ground', the terrifying objects seen in the sky by observers.

I think it's worthy of serious attention, particularly due to the evidence that bubonic plague just couldn't move that fast, and thrive in cold areas.

This article reviews the book and highlights many pertinent points, really worth a read:

http://www.sott.net/articles/show/145683-New-Light-on-the-Black-Death-T…

Sally