The Black Death (Bubonic plague)

The BLACK DEATH is a readly plague/disease that swept through Europe Between 1347 and 1351; also know as the Bubonic plague.

Arrived in Europe through trade ships and killed over 20 million people- 25%-50% of Europe was Death. 1/3 of the continent population.

In the 14th century, the plague spreads rapidly across Europe and Decimated- destroyed a very large amount of the population.

The Black Death was an Epidemic- a disease which spreads quickly and widely affecting many individuals at one time.

This is a doctor of the Middle Age.

Doctors used simple techniques such as bloodletting, boil-balancing and superstitious practices such as burning herbs and bathing in rosewater and vinegar.

Some people thought that the Black Death was a kind of punishment from God- they would punish themselves to say they were sorry.

Effects of the Plague.

The plague epidemic faded out after three years but reappeared every few generations of centuries.

Modern sanitation and public-health practices have changed how the disease spread but have not eliminated it.

So many people died there was a serious labor shortage all over Europe which lead 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 were't being answered.


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