Your hypothesis sounds right: grain imported from Turkey sounds like a more likely source than unbathed German soldiers. Remember, in "A Journal of the Plague Year", that that particular wave of plague is supposed to arrive in Marseille from the East. By the way, this has been the Plague year for us!! I never thought I would be, for so many days, reading about this horrific disease. Not that I regret it, I have very much enjoyed both books including it, plus I have recently read the simply wonderful "The Greater Journey. Americans in Paris", by the great historian David McCullough, which includes a brief description of a cholera plague in, if I remember correctly, the 1850's! I'm feeling a little sick!
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