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Thursday, 8 January 2015

Gothic Colours: The Piper and the Black Death

The story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin is well known. A town is overrun by rats. A mysterious piper offers his services to get rid of the rats. The piper succeeds and tries to collect payment. When the town stiffs him, he plays his magical pipe to steal away the children of the town.
Most historians agree that an event did occur in Hamelin, Germany around 1284 that resulted in the total disappearance of the town’s children.
At first, many historians believed the story described Hamelin’s battle with the Black Death, also known as the bubonic plague. However, this idea is wrong.The bubonic plague was one of the deadliest pandemics in recorded history. It struck Europe between 1348 and 1350, at least 100 years after the Hamelin story took place.

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