Plague Doctor Masks for Sale - Costume Cosplay - USA, UK.

Posted by 2018  •  article

Being born in Medieval Europe was like losing the historical lottery — superstition reigned, feudalism flourished and misery was the rule, not the exception, among the long-suffering serfs. Yes, to live in the Dark Ages was to know disease and hunger intimately, to fear the wrath of a vengeful God (courtesy of His almighty Church), and to die young or on the battlefield. And yet, among those countless cold winters and violent wars fought for cruel lords, few could argue that 1348 was probably the single worst year be alive in pre 20th-century Europe.

When the rats and fleas carrying Yersinia pestis surreptitiously hitched a ride down the Silk Road with merchants and soldiers, no one could have predicted the toll this taste for spices and the latest in luxury goods would have on the population of Europe. After decimating tens of millions starting in China, it raced though central Asia and northern India. The bubonic plague made official landfall in Sicily in 1347. Within five years, it had spread to virtually all of Europe, Russia and the Middle East.

The first wave was the worst, killing some 25 million in Europe alone. By 1400 — a mere 50 years after the pandemic began — various epidemics and resurgence had reduced the world’s population from about 450 million to between 350 and 300 million, maybe less. Roughly 150 million individuals succumbed to the nightmarish symptoms of the Black Plague.

Here is a How To on making a paper mache plague doctor mask.  This project was very fun but also time consuming so plan yourself enough time for each phase. I took about 4 to 5 weeks to make but it could have been finished in 1 to 2  week I believe.

What you will need:
Balloons,
Newspaper
Foam Cone
extra piece of foam
pins
glue
Plaster of Paris
Paper Mache Paste
(mix 1 part flower with 2 parts water – use less water if you want a thicker paste)
razor
sand paper
paint

Blow up the balloon to the size you want your mask and cover entirely with the strips of news paper dipped in the paste. Keep over lapping pieces and allow to dry over night. You will want to do a few layers and allow to dry in between. You don’t want the mask too flimsy or else it will collapse to keep layering until it’s nice and firm. (I would work on it in the evenings and in the mornings so it had enough time to dry but didn’t take too long)

Plague doctors by their covenant treated plague patients and were known as municipal or "community plague doctors", whereas "general practitioners" were separate doctors and both might be in the same European city or town at the same time. [1] [4] [5] [6] In France and the Netherlands, plague doctors often lacked medical training and were referred to as "empirics". In one case, a plague doctor had been a fruit salesman before his employment as a physician. [7]

In the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries, some doctors wore a beak-like mask which was filled with aromatic items. The masks were designed to protect them from putrid air, which (according to the miasmatic theory of disease) was seen as the cause of infection. The design of these costumes has been attributed to Charles de Lorme , the chief physician to Louis XIII . [8]

The first European epidemic of the bubonic plague dates back to the mid 6th century and is called the Plague of Justinian . [9] The largest number of people affected by the epidemic were the Black Death victims of Europe in the 14th century. In medieval times, the large loss of people (due to the bubonic plague) in a town created an economic disaster. Community plague doctors were quite valuable and were given special privileges; for example, plague doctors were freely allowed to perform autopsies , which were otherwise generally forbidden in Medieval Europe, to research a cure for the plague.

Being born in Medieval Europe was like losing the historical lottery — superstition reigned, feudalism flourished and misery was the rule, not the exception, among the long-suffering serfs. Yes, to live in the Dark Ages was to know disease and hunger intimately, to fear the wrath of a vengeful God (courtesy of His almighty Church), and to die young or on the battlefield. And yet, among those countless cold winters and violent wars fought for cruel lords, few could argue that 1348 was probably the single worst year be alive in pre 20th-century Europe.

When the rats and fleas carrying Yersinia pestis surreptitiously hitched a ride down the Silk Road with merchants and soldiers, no one could have predicted the toll this taste for spices and the latest in luxury goods would have on the population of Europe. After decimating tens of millions starting in China, it raced though central Asia and northern India. The bubonic plague made official landfall in Sicily in 1347. Within five years, it had spread to virtually all of Europe, Russia and the Middle East.

The first wave was the worst, killing some 25 million in Europe alone. By 1400 — a mere 50 years after the pandemic began — various epidemics and resurgence had reduced the world’s population from about 450 million to between 350 and 300 million, maybe less. Roughly 150 million individuals succumbed to the nightmarish symptoms of the Black Plague.

Here is a How To on making a paper mache plague doctor mask.  This project was very fun but also time consuming so plan yourself enough time for each phase. I took about 4 to 5 weeks to make but it could have been finished in 1 to 2  week I believe.

What you will need:
Balloons,
Newspaper
Foam Cone
extra piece of foam
pins
glue
Plaster of Paris
Paper Mache Paste
(mix 1 part flower with 2 parts water – use less water if you want a thicker paste)
razor
sand paper
paint

Blow up the balloon to the size you want your mask and cover entirely with the strips of news paper dipped in the paste. Keep over lapping pieces and allow to dry over night. You will want to do a few layers and allow to dry in between. You don’t want the mask too flimsy or else it will collapse to keep layering until it’s nice and firm. (I would work on it in the evenings and in the mornings so it had enough time to dry but didn’t take too long)

Being born in Medieval Europe was like losing the historical lottery — superstition reigned, feudalism flourished and misery was the rule, not the exception, among the long-suffering serfs. Yes, to live in the Dark Ages was to know disease and hunger intimately, to fear the wrath of a vengeful God (courtesy of His almighty Church), and to die young or on the battlefield. And yet, among those countless cold winters and violent wars fought for cruel lords, few could argue that 1348 was probably the single worst year be alive in pre 20th-century Europe.

When the rats and fleas carrying Yersinia pestis surreptitiously hitched a ride down the Silk Road with merchants and soldiers, no one could have predicted the toll this taste for spices and the latest in luxury goods would have on the population of Europe. After decimating tens of millions starting in China, it raced though central Asia and northern India. The bubonic plague made official landfall in Sicily in 1347. Within five years, it had spread to virtually all of Europe, Russia and the Middle East.

The first wave was the worst, killing some 25 million in Europe alone. By 1400 — a mere 50 years after the pandemic began — various epidemics and resurgence had reduced the world’s population from about 450 million to between 350 and 300 million, maybe less. Roughly 150 million individuals succumbed to the nightmarish symptoms of the Black Plague.


History of the Black Death and the Plague Doctor

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