“So, our outline for today:
1. Renaissance Life was Worse than the Middle Ages (super-compressed version)
2. Where did the myth come from in the first place? (a Renaissance story)
3. Why is the myth of a golden Renaissance retold so much? (a post-Renaissance story)
4. Conclusion: We Should Aim for Something Better than the Renaissance”—Ada Palmer, “Black Death, COVID, and Why We Keep Telling the Myth of a Renaissance Golden Age and Bad Middle Ages.” ExUrbe.com. June 4, 2020.
What does the history of Black Death suggest for our post-COVID-19 future? A complicated question. This is a precis, i.e., most essential points, of a book length answer to that question. Academic and long, but also interesting.