Black Death Rakes

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Here are some accounts of the Black Death found in the book The Black Death by Rosemay Horrox.

Beware, this article: uses spellings which have had foreign influence reverted.

A Rake from London

The cwild, hwic first began in the land of the Sarakens, grew so strong that, sparing no lordscip, it neesed efery stead in all the kingdoms streccing from that land northwards, up to and yinning Skotland, striking dune the greater deal of the folk with the blows of swift death. It began in England in the scire of Dorset, umb the simbel of Hallow Peter in Fetters, and forthwith went on withute warning from stead to stead. It killed a great many healthy folk, taking em from the world of man's cares in the span of a morning. Those marked for death were seldomly yeafen leaf to lif longer than three or four days. It scowed heeld to no one, but a small few of the wealthy. On the same day twenty, forty, or sixty bodies, and often many more, migt be laid dune for burying together in the same pit.

The cwild came to London at abute the simbel of All Hallows' and daily benum many of life. It grew so strong that, between Candelmas and Easter, more than two hundred licces were buried almost efery day in the new grafe grund made next to Smithfeeld, and this was in eking to the bodies buried in other circyards in the boroug. It stopped in London with the cumming of the este of the Holy Goast, that is to say at Hwite Sunday, going forth unhindered towards the north, hwere it also stopped nige Mickaelmas in 1349.

A Rake from Bristol

In 1348, umb the feast of Hallow Peter in Fetters, the first cwild came to England at Bristol, born by ceapmen and sailers, and it lasted in the suthe lands umb Bristol throute weedmonth and all winter. And in the following year, that is to say in 1349, the cwild began in the other scires of England and lasted for a hwole year with the utecum being that the lifing cud hardly bury the dead.

A Rake from York

In 1348, umb Michaelmas, there began a dying of men in England. After Cristmas, on the 31st of Ereyool, the ea called Use flooded and burst its banks at the bridge towards Mickelgate, a befalling hwic lasted until Lent. And after this, at umb risingtide, the dying began in the boroug of York and wooded until the feast of Hallow James.

A Rake from Thomas Walsingham

This year there was a great duneyeeting hwic lasted from midsummer to the following Cristmas, and it was speedily followed by a great dying in the east among the Sarakens and other unbeleefers. It was so great that hardly a tenth of the Sarakens were left alife, and hy, thinking that the cwild had been sent to em for hir unbeleef, hwarfed to the leef of Crist. But hwen hy fund that the same cwild wooded among Cristens hy went back to hir unbeleef like dogs to hir spew.

In 1349, that is in the 23rd year of the weeld of King Edward III, a great killing went forth thrugeute the world, beginning in the suthern and northern lands. Its bane was so great that hardly half of mankind was left alife. Tunes ones brimming with folk were emptied of hir dwellers, and the cwild spread so thickly that the lifing cud hardly bury the dead. It was reckoned by a handful of men that barely a tenth of mankind blifed alife. A great dying of deers followed on the heels of this cwild. Gafels dwindeled and land was left untilled for want of netes hwo were nohwere to be found. And so muc wreccedness followed these ills that afterwards the world cud nefer go back to its former hood.

Meanhwile, as the cwild wooded in England, Pope Clement eaded, owing to the great sickness, full foryeafeness for deedboot to all those thrugeute the kingdom hwo died trewly sorry after hir andettings.

A Rake from Skotland

in 1350 there was a great cwild and dying of men in the kingdom of Skotland, and this cwild also wooded for many years before and after this in sundry spots of the world, indeed, thrugeute the hwole thother. So great a cwild has nefer been heard of from the beginning of the world to the anward day, or been written dune in books. For this cwild blew its illwill so thorougly that fully a third of mankind was killed. At God's bidding, moreofer, the lure was done by a ferly and new scape of death. Those hwo fell sick of a kind of gross swelling of the flesc lasted for barely two days. This sickness befell folk eferyhwere, but hure the middelling and lower ilks, seldomly the great. It begat suc groor that cilder did not dare to nees hir dying kends, nor did kends nees hir cilder, but fled for fear of coathe fanging as if from leprosy or a nadder.