History, Fact And Fiction

In Plagueman, the following people are historical figures: the criminal Niccolò di Tuldo, Saint Rocco, Saint Catherine of Siena, Angolo di Tura, Pope Clement VI, King Charles IV. The following events are in the historical record: the progress of the Black Death from Asia to Europe; the dissolution and outlawing of the Knights Templar throughout Europe; the Popes in Avignon from 1307-1379; the inquisition against the Albigensian or Cathari (Patarini) of Languedoc, Albi, Southern France; the persecution of the Jews under pretense of the usual libels or false accusations--i.e., poisoning wells, spreading plague, drinking the blood of kidnapped Christian babies; and Pope Clement's Papal Bull of 4 July 1348, in defense of the Jews.

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