Monday, November 20, 2017

Fact of the Day: Joan of England

During the reign of King Edward III of England, the Black Death was a major problem. However like almost every kind of disease and disaster, it was not as serious on the royals and nobles. The only Plantagenet to die of Black Death during his reign was his daughter Joan.  

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  1. Royals and nobles weren't as exposed to rats, I guess that must be why.

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  2. This is interesting since nobody bathed during this time.

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  3. I guess royals could flee the cities and hide out on country estates until the plague passed.

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  4. not like they came in contact with a lot of rats

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  5. What a horrible way for anyone to die. I look at Joan's placid face in the painting and wonder if she had any inkling of the terrible way she would die.

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  6. Because a majority of individuals of the Plantagents line carry a genetic mutation (known as CCR5-Ä32) that prevents the haemorrhagic fevers virus from entering the cells of the immune system. High levels of the gene are found in Scandinavia. Studies have shown that these individuals also have nearly a complete resistence to HIV-1.

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