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    THE ITALIAN PLAGUE DOCTOR
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    Historical Fiction II
    The Italian Plague Doctor
    1349

    Coming out of the East, the Black Death reached the shores of Italy in the spring of 1348 unleashing a rampage of death across Europe unprecedented in recorded history. By the time the epidemic played itself out three years later, anywhere between 25% and 50% of Europe's population had fallen victim to the pestilence.
    --Eyewitness to History (www.eyewitnesstohistory.com)


    “My name is Gabriella. My father was a doctor, and I learned from him how to treat various maladies and to set bones and which herbs and mixtures and such would treat this illness or that.

    “My father, he died two months ago from the Black Death. I did not know what to do, so I donned his mask, gown, his boots and stick and gloves, and try to care for those I can.

    “I try to help. But they die anyway. So many. I bring the flowers and perfumes, the hot drinks, the blessed artifacts, leeches – I even smoke like a man now to ward the Death away from me! The laxatives do not seem to work, and I hate covering the poor souls in mercury and placing them in ovens to burn the disease out. They scream so….

    “May god have mercy on our souls, for I do not believe anyone shall survive…”

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    great topic Oregano. Just for clarification, are we to draw her wearing the mask, boots, gloves outfit of our own design or the character as she would appear unmasked?
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    Aye looks awesome...havent entered in awhile so why not aye?

    MAybe coz i wont b able to finish it in time but the concept has got me excited and i need an excuse to sketchy sketchy.
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    The awesome mask/gown ensemble came from the 17th century and not Gabriella's 14th. So my stupid question: Use it anyway? Use it as inspiration? Is this challenge more "Historical" or more "Fiction"?

    Also of note: There were female doctors in Italy like the impressive Trotula of Salerno.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason Snair View Post
    great topic Oregano. Just for clarification, are we to draw her wearing the mask, boots, gloves outfit of our own design or the character as she would appear unmasked?
    I think that seeing the character's face would be important - *but* if you can pull off a convincing illustration with her mask on (i.e. some sort of emotional content) go for it. I don't want to just see someone just standing there.

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    The awesome mask/gown ensemble came from the 17th century and not Gabriella's 14th. So my stupid question: Use it anyway? Use it as inspiration? Is this challenge more "Historical" or more "Fiction"?
    Let's go with the fiction aspect. When I was tooling pulling this together it looks like I got my facts confused. Not the first time. So, let's have fun with it!

    Also of note: There were female doctors in Italy like the impressive Trotula of Salerno.
    good source - though the Trotula from the sounds of *may* have been fictional. Regardless, I would say that she was the exception, not the rule. Thanks for posting that!

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    that costume still scares the shit out of me. I'll try this.
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    they scare the shit out of me too o.O

    I've been so absent on this site lately >.> maybe ill be able to whip up some sketches and get something finished in time (although that depends if i get my new computer or not...im currently on a loaner and without means of digital art :|)
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    Man I really hope I can get time to do this, it sounds really interesting. I feel like a dummy for not know about these plague doctors before. In case anyone was wondering about the mask:

    "medico della peste" (plague doctor), used only in for urgency (i.g. plague) the long nose contained filter prepared with salts and aromatic plants: rosemary, garlic, juniper. In secondary moment, this mask has been used as spell meanings."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oregano View Post
    good source - though the Trotula from the sounds of *may* have been fictional. Regardless, I would say that she was the exception, not the rule. Thanks for posting that!
    "At [the time of the Black Death], women healers predominantly tended pregnant women and ill children, functioning as herbalists and passing on their knowledge through apprenticeships. ... Women healers were also less likely to leave their homes for the country to avoid exposure to the plague and thus became the main caregivers in the cities during the decades of the Black Death." From History of Women in Healing

    Many articles state that female doctors were available in the Middle Ages up until schools were established and females were not allowed to join (in most countries...Uni of Bologna had a femme professor). Then the church got in on the fun and decided that women healing without licenses were witches. That was around-abouts the time of the plague doctor get-up, though.

    I did not intend to read this much. Damn you History for being so interesting!
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    hmm, I wounder if they ever got together at the weekends for a masquerade-ball?
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