The Black Death is a deadly plague that swept through Europe between 1347 and 1351. The Black Death arrived in Europe through trade ships and killed over 20 million people-25%-50% of Europe was DEAD!! In the 14th century, the plague spread rapidly across Europe and decimated. The Black Death was an epidemic. The disease spreads through the air and through the bites of infected rats and fleas. The symptoms of the Black Death are fever, chills, vomiting, diarrhea, aches, pains, and death. Doctors used simple techniques such as bloodletting, boil-balancing and superstitious. They also would burn herbs and take rose water and vinegar baths. Some people thought that the Black Death was a kind of punishment from god- they would punish themselves to say we're sorry. The plague epidemic faded out after three years but reappeared every few generations for centuries. Modern sanitation and public-health practices have changed how the disease spread but have not eliminated it. So many many people died there was a series labor shortage all over Europe which to workers demanding higher wages; Landlords refused to pay them. Peasants left the manors and went to cities to find employment. The disease also hurt the church because they didn't understand why their prayers weren't being answered.