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‘Mythconceptions’ – 10 things from history everyone gets wrong

This week we were told that rats didn’t spread the plague and the Aztecs weren’t wiped out by smallpox. From Harold II’s arrow in the eye to the first men in the sky – what other ‘facts’ are historically suspect?You wait years for a historical theory to be debunked and then three come around at once. So far this week, we have been told that the mysterious pestilence that wiped out 15 million Aztecs between 1545 and 1550 was not smallpox or measles, but enteric fever, that the Black Death...

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Published By: theguardian.com - Wednesday, 17 January