Queen Mary II of England, age 32, died of variola hemorrhagica, a lethal form of smallpox in which bleeding occurs into the pustules, from other body surfaces, and internally.
“The havoc of the plague had been far more rapid: but the plague had visited our shores only once or twice within living memory; and the smallpox was always present, filling the church-yards with corpses, tormenting with constant fears all whom it had not yet stricken, leaving on those whose lives it spared the hideous traces of its power, turning the babe into a changeling at which the mother shuddered, and making the eyes and cheeks of the betrothed maiden objects of horror to the lover. Toward the end of the year 1694, this pestilence was more than usually severe. At length the infection spread to the palace, and reached the young and blooming Queen.”
- Cupid mourns the death of Queen Mary II, who died of smallpox
- Queen Mary II of England, age 32, died of variola hemorrhagica, a lethal form of smallpox in which bleeding occurs into the pustules, from other body surfaces, and internally. In this image, a statue of a Cupid mourns her death.
- Wellcome Library, London
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