Obviously that was a story centered around the plague of 1347. It reached England (more specifically Norfolk) in the summer of 1349. Most people who were stricken with the plague died within the same day. It's estimated that at least one third of England was wiped out, one half of Wales. In response, flagellants whipped themselves in order to "take the sins of others upon themselves." People started carrying around flowers (like in the 1660's rhyme "pocket full of posies"). They also abandoned whole towns to go merrymaking. Other towns locked the plague-ridden residence inside a building and burned them. There was also a lot of anti-Semitism going around.
People thought it was the end of the world. It was the modern-day equivalent of oh say…nuclear war, a meteor coming straight for earth, or, for all of my Democrats out there, Bush winning re-election.
Other than that, everyone except Elizabeth Segrave, Earl Norfolk (John Mowbray), his dad, and the Windsor family were made up.
Any historical inaccuracies are my own fault.
Thank you for taking the time to read it, those of you reading, well, this. I didn't update on a regular basis (hardly) and I went months without updating. But thanks. The comments and criticisms were very helpful and entertaining.
The soundtrack: Mediaeval Baebes, Miranda Sex Garden, Flogging Molly, Miriam Stockley, and a handful of Dead Can Dance and Bel Canto.
Once again, thank you.