The Heretic's Tomb and the Black Death - History as Inspiration
The story of The Heretic's Tomb takes place in the mid fourteenth century, when England and the rest of Europe was in the grip of the deadly plague known as the Black Death. The first cases of the Black Death in England occurred during the reign of Edward III in the summer of 1348, and the disease spread quickly. By autumn, the plague had reached London, killing nearly half of the city’s 70,000 inhabitants. Over the next two years, between thirty and forty percent of the English population, or approximately two million people, died of the plague. In Europe as a whole, it is estimated that at least twenty-five million people died between 1347 and 1351. Outbreaks continued to occur periodically for centuries and the plague did not disappear from Europe until the eighteenth century. You can more about the Black Death here and also on these websites EyeWitness to HistoryBlack Death: Path of the PlagueThe Black Death: Bubonic Plague Maps depicting the path of the plague across Europe can be found here and here. Learn more about The Heretic's Tomb and the historical background to the novel on my website.