Quarantines have been used since Biblical times to separate the sick from the well (mostly lepers–cool disease to study, but not to have), but the term comes from the Latin word for forty. 14th century Venice required incoming ships to hang out in their harbor for forty days to avoid bringing plague into the city.
Plague? I LOVE plague!
(Again, cool to study, not to have).
You have no idea how thrilled I am to write about bubonic plague in my current WIP- fleas, festering buboes, and bodies piled in towers. Yay!
That said, I think I need someone to quarantine me. I’m currently a walking petri dish–I’ve threatened my students with coughing all over them if they don’t act like angels this week. So far they’ve complied, mostly because I look like walking death.
From one plague lover to another: Awesome! Fascinating etymology.
hope you're feeling better soon (and looking less death-like)
Hope you make a speedy recovery.Loved the post.
I find the plague disturbingly interesting. Everything about the era when the plague was a high concern is interesting to me.
Your story sounds creepy and exciting! It's nice to know someone else out there who likes to research and write about dark and creepy things. I hope you feel better. Good luck with the challenge!
Imagine a story between a bunch of quarantined people huh? Where all these secrets spill out? Drama!
And btw, I love historical fiction. Also your quote on your header. I'm a new follower!
Stephanie: In my 5th century novel, I can't use the word "plague" because it dates to the 14th century. I have to say "creeping sickness" instead of plague. And speaking of plague, have you read "Plague Tales" by Ann Benson? Excellent story! I highly recommend it.
The blog is very good!