A Bill of Mortality (and a peck of snails)

This Bill of Mortality is a dense document, crammed with facts and figures on death and disease in seventeenth-century England. The English started collecting data on numbers of births and deaths and causes of death in the sixteenth century as a way of tracking potential plague epidemics. This particular Bill is much reproduced because itContinue reading “A Bill of Mortality (and a peck of snails)”