A peasant of the neighbourhood, belonging to the Popoleschi, was found dead in his house, having hung himself with a towel.
And the plague was also causing much mortality; it pleased God to chastise us.
And at this Christmas-time, what with terror of the war, the plague, and the papal excommunication, the citizens were in sorry plight. They lived in dread, and no one had any heart to work. The poor creatures could not procure silk or wool, or only very little, so that all classes suffered.