The Black Death

black deathFrom 1348 AD to 1350 AD there was a major crises which swept many regions of Europe. This crisis is known as the Black Death. The Black Death was a combination of two plagues: the bubonic plague and pneumonic plague. The bubonic plague was spread by rats, which disembarked off of Italian trade ships that landed in Italian ports. These rats carried numerous fleas, which contained disease necessary for infecting almost all of Europe. The pneumonic plague was an airborne virus that would have been spread through breathing the infected water droplets breathed (or coughed) out by a victim of the disease. While the plague raged on, countless people reacted in extreme ways. Some would resort to the old dictum: eat drink and be merry for tomorrow we die. Others would totally reject this policy to the extreme by trying to impose bodily harm on themselves to pay for their sins. If you lived during this time period, you could sometimes see people beating themselves in the street. They tried to find favor in God’s eyes to spare them of the plague. When the plague had run its course one third of Europe’s population had been wiped out.

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