Lead mortuary crosses, England, 1300s and 1600s
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Glossary: mortuary cross
small cross made of lead used in England during the Great Plague of 1348, to denote a plague death
An acute contagious fever with high levels of mortality. Both the 'Black Death' that swept Europe in the 1340s and the Great Plague of London in 1665 are believed to have been bubonic plague.