Black Death : The Red Death

1330 WordsNov 11, 20146 Pages
Black Death The Bubonic Plague, often referred to as the “Black Death”, was one of the most devastating diseases to ever effect the world, and its effects will always be felt. It spread faster than anyone could have prepared for and flourished in its medieval surroundings. A huge portion of Europe lost their lives, their livestock, and became mad with fear of this horrible affliction. This essay will address the ways that the disease spread and how the general public reacted to it. It will also discuss the various attempts people, such as the doctors of the time, tried to cure or prevent this disease, many that made it worse. Another aspect that will be addressed is the group of people known as “flagellants”, those who would punish themselves in hope that God would spare them from this terrible disease. Lastly, this paper will discuss the other religious aspects of the Black Death, how it brought an end to the “dark times”, the hatred and fear of the Jews, and also the social and economic effects of the impact after the disease slowly disappeared. The cause of the outbreak of the plague was initially unknown, and it was not until 1899 that it was discovered to have come from a bacteria called Yersinia Pestis. This bacteria lived in the digestive system of fleas, who in turned lived on rats. When these fleas bit people, the bacteria would enter the bloodstream. Other ways the disease spread was airborne; coughing, sneezing, even breathing. (Ollhoff 10). Sometime around
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