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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Sweating Sickness
appeared in England about a century and a half after the Black Death. (1485.) It broke out amongst the soldiers of Richmond’s army, after the battle of Bosworth Field, and lasted five weeks. It was a violent inflammatory fever, without boils or ulcers. Between 1485 and 1529 there were five outbreaks of this pest in England, the first four being confined to England and France; but the fifth spread over Germany, Turkey, and Austria.   1



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