Episode 1: Medieval Perspectives on the Pandemic


Medieval historian Dr Elizabeth Gemmill explores medieval accounts of epidemics and in particular their uncertainties about the causes, course and consequences of disease. She reflects on whether our present circumstances can help us to a better understanding of the experiences of people in the past.

Learn more about medieval times

To complement Episode 1 of the Curious Minds Podcast, find out more about medieval accounts of epidemics with these learning resources, carefully chosen by Dr Gemmill.

Historic England: ‘An introduction to illuminated manuscripts
‘The most important historic places in England are listed. The list includes buildings, battlefields, monuments, parks, gardens, shipwrecks and more.’

'The Manorial Documents Register (MDR) is an index of English and Welsh manorial records, providing brief descriptions of documents and details of their locations in public and private hands.’

The Taxation of Pope Nicholas IV, 1291-2
‘The taxation database contains the valuation, plus related details, of the English and Welsh parish churches and prebends listed in the ecclesiastical taxation assessment of 1291-2.’


We'd like to thank the following artists for providing music:

“Come Inside” by Snowflake (c) copyright 2019 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/snowflake/59564 Ft: Starfrosch, Jerry Spoon, Kara Square, spinningmerkaba

"Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G, Movement I (Allegro), BWV 1049" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License  creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

"Minstrel Guild" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com), licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License, creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

"Virtutes Vocis" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com), licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License. creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/