Black Death Disease

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During 1346-1353, the Black Death hit Europe killing more than 20 million people. The disease had everyone on their toes making sure they weren’t getting sick. The plague had been distributed from between the boats and brought to the docks where the ships were unloaded, and men who were on the ship were already dead as the boats arrived while everyone was waiting. The disease took a toll on all ages, religion, and beliefs. At first the townspeople thought it only effected the men and women, but the disease affected the livestock, and all their crops. Once they were affected, they couldn’t work, because their muscles were getting weaker as they got sicker. The symptoms that held them back were painful swelling in their armpits, legs, lymph nodes, …show more content…

As the days grew long and time slows down, their minds started to wonder what was causing the mysterious disease. As their minds wandered, they began to think that God was punishing every single one of them. Their sins like: greed, blasphemy, heresy, fornication, and worldliness were causing the disease to get way out of hand. The only way to get rid of the disease is to win God’s forgiveness back. Apparently, God had thought that if they didn’t stop sinning, then he would bring a disease among them and make them beg for His forgiveness, His punishment took a huge toll on their lives as their population started to decrease as they all got sick. “Some people believed that the way to do this was to purge their communities of heretics and other troublemakers–so, for example, many thousands of Jews were massacred in 1348 and 1349 ( Staff).” If they were sick or weren’t sick but considered a Jew, then they were killed because the others wanted to take out the evil for God to win back His forgiveness so the disease would go away for good. After all their forgiveness, the disease was still not disappearing an no one knew what why after they done what they thought was a good idea to get Him to forgive them …show more content…

“They know that the bacillus travels from person to person pneumonically, or through the air, as well as through the bite of infected fleas and rats. Both of these pests could be found almost everywhere in medieval Europe, but they were particularly at home aboard ships of all kinds–which is how the deadly plague made its way through one European port city after another ( Staff).” If they just walked outside and breathed in the air they more than likely would have caught the disease. The main reason for the outbreak was the rats and fleas. Rats were boarded on all kinds of ships and just so happen the rats were boarded on the ships that were docked in Britain, and allowed the rats to bring the disease the shore, because the people who were on the ship were sick and died and boom the rats were exposed. When the rats went to land the bit people and that is how is was distributed from rats to people. Fleas were also infected because they had bitten animals like: rats, sheep, pigs, cows, donkeys, horses, and other lives then it would bite the towns people which was also how it was distributed to

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