The Black Death

910 Words Sep 24th, 2015 4 Pages
In a time when God was everything, death came among the rich, poor, sinners, and religious people in western Europe. Could this be retribution for the people’s sins and God has a plan, or would this be the fatal disease that would lead people to question their faith in God? Giovanni Boccaccio saw first hand what the Black Death did to his country, how disease flooded throughout and death was inevitable. Everything was changing, people were losing faith, the preservation of food, and simple customs like burial rituals started to disappear. Health and Religion were the key factors in the changing and modernization of early western Europe, these reflect on the poor hygiene, social order, decline in old customs and faith issues that occurred in the late Medieval world. The Black Death had made its way to the west, people knew by the many signs of sickness that they would only have a couple of days left to live. The main symptom of the pestilence was a large tumor that would turn into black or gray spots around the body, which was “an infallible token of approaching death”. Western Europe was scrambling to find answers as to what was happening to their people, doctors were unable to provide medicine or cures for the diseased people. More people becoming ill, it became difficult to keep towns clean, the smell of dead bodies filled the air, and people began to leave the city with no hope for a cure. Boccaccio recounts a time when he witnessed “The rags of a poor man who died of…

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