Causes Of The Black Death In The 14th Century

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In Document E, Robert of Avesbury described over six hundred men marching “naked in a file one behind the other and whipped themselves with these scourges on their naked and bleeding bodies.” These processions of men were flagellants who during the 14th century beat themselves in ritual penance to acquire redemption from their sins and causes for the plague or other maladies. In the 14th century, Europe was infected with the Bubonic plague or the Black Death. There was no way to prevent from the disease and many Europeans were susceptible to obtain the disease; plus, the mortality rate during the Black Death was 35-70%. Consequently, many Europeans did not know about the Black Death and how it spread and responded in various ways to survive
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