A modern term (compare with earlier the (great) pestilence, great death, the plague), said to have been introduced into English history by Mrs. Markham (pseudonym of Mrs. Penrose) in 1823, and into medical literature by a translation of German der Schwarze Tod (1833). The epithet Black is of uncertain origin; its equivalent was first found in Swedish and Danish chroniclers.
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