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Human Biology & Medicine
Why was the Black Death the deadliest event in history?

There have been nearly 6m victims of Covid-19, but even this enormous death toll represents just a fraction of those lost to the Bubonic Plague in the Middle Ages. What do you need to know about the most fatal event in human history? Read more

Prof. Mark Bailey

University of East Anglia

We don't know for sure, but we think it's a pretty safe bet to say that Mark Bailey is the only Garden Fellow who has represented his country in the Rugby World Cup. But that's only one of the reasons we think he's great.

Mark is an expert in the medieval history of Britain, who's studied a huge range of issues in this fascinating phase of history, including female migration, climate change, towns and agriculture. And in 2019, Mark delivered the James Ford Lectures in British History at the University of Oxford, on the topic of the Black Death.

Mark is now Professor of Late Medieval History at the University of East Anglia in the UK, where he's teaching his undergraduate class about the Catastrophic Fourteenth Century. That's one class we'd love to take.

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