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  1. Black Assize

    The Black Assize is a name given to multiple deaths in the city of Oxford in England between July 6 and August 12, 1577. At least 300 people including the chief baron and sheriff, are thought to have died as a result of this event. It received its name because it was believed to have been associated with a trial at the Assize Court at Oxford Castle.

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  1. Black Assize

    a plague at Oxford in 1557, which carried off 300 victims; caught at the assize from the prisoners under trial.

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