The 1720 Marseilles Plague and Covid-19


A fascinating article by Lisetta Lovett, describing the parallels between the last major outbreak of plague in Europe and Covid-19 – here.

“Three hundred years ago, in the summer of 1720 plague hit Marseilles killing 50,000 people. This was the twentieth occasion in the city’s history and the last major Western European plague epidemic. One of the physicians of the city, Dr Bertrand practiced throughout most of the epidemic, survived and wrote a journal of events.” 

Lisetta Lovett is also about to publish a book on eighteenth-century medical practice based on Casanova’s memoirs.  Details and a foretaste can be found at her website here.


27 long form articles on Casanova’s life and times are freely available here

‘Casanova in Paris: The Shadows of the King’ is freely available here.


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