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Black Death, COVID, and Why We Keep Telling the Myth of a Renaissance Golden Age and Bad Middle Ages

Heidi Deddens
Heidi Deddens is the managing editor of Comment magazine. She holds an MA in Interdisciplinary Humanities with a focus on English Literature from Trinity Western University, where she was managing editor of the university's literary journal. Born and raised in Western Canada, she now lives in Ottawa.

If the Black Death caused the Renaissance, will COVID-19 also create a golden age? Historian Ada Palmer takes up this question by looking backwards, correcting popular assumptions around the storied glory of the Renaissance period and the comparative darkness of the Middle Ages.