For those interested in London's 16th century Bills of Mortality, but don't really want to do the research, comedian David Baddiel has the answer. The Bills are part of his 1997 comedy routine available on YouTube. PG-13 for Language.
The video was posted by Steve Piers who writes:
One of my favourite stand up moments, taken from the long deleted video "Too Much Information Tour", probably around 1997. David Baddiel makes jokes about the reasons people died, but the jokes are not needed - the bills of mortality are enough. Even now, whenever I watch the news and they announce someone has died, I still think they will continue the sentence with "of flux, flux, scouring and bloody flux".