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Why Plague Doctors Wore Strange Masks

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Why Plague Doctors Wore Strange Masks

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It?s the beak that lends the attire of the medieval plague doctor its surreal quality, but it wasn?t there just to scare.


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In the Middle Ages, evil was thought to be everywhere. From peasants to kings, the people of Britain believed devils and witches stalked the land, causing chaos, bad fortune, and tens of thousands of deaths. Hosts Clive Anderson and Mary-Ann Ochota examine this time of superstition, magic, and fear. Follow them as they visit an ancient church in the village of Troston marked with medieval demonic symbols.

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