Two best-selling historical fiction authors talk about researching other pandemics in history for their novels. C.C. Humphreys has written a mystery ("Plague") that takes place during the Great Plague of London in 1665 during the reign of Charles II. Hear how he had to change his book because of new research on the old song:
Ring-a-ring o' roses,
A pocket full of posies,
We all fall down.
Anne Easter Smith is more in tune with medieval times and had one of her characters die of bubonic plague (or The Black Death) and another of the lesser known Sweating Sickness that was first seen in England in 1485 right before her "This Son of York" protagonist Richard III fought and died at the Battle of Bosworth. Both will talk about the superstitions of the period that may or may not have helped with its spread and treatment, and will read a passage from their books. Not for the faint of heart! Fear, false information, quarantine and islolation are nothing new.