The Death Of The Black Death

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Around 1339 in northwestern Europe, the population began to outgrow the food supply and a severe economic crisis incremented. The winters were inordinately cold and the summers were arid and dry. Due to this extreme weather, a minute number of crops could produce and those that grew were dying. On the wake of these seven distressing years of weather and famine was the greatest plague of all times, The Black Death. In 1347 AD, The Black Death began spreading throughout Western Europe. Over the time span of three years, the widespread epidemic killed one third of the population in Europe with pretty near twenty five million people dead. The Black Death killed many more Europeans than any other endemic or war up to that time, vastly impacting the Church, the people, and the economy. These three social backbones were changed forever.
Firstly, when the plague first reached Europe, people panicked. With thoughts of survival, many began to abandon what they had and moved to villages and country sides in hope of eliciting a safe haven from the disease. The families living during The Black Death were deprived of being endowed to call themselves a family. Where there had been no plague, there the people carried it; if it was already there, the infected fleeing granted it to increase. The abhorrence that people in Europe were feeling was alarming to their state of mind. Since the cities were highly populated, those who left for the country schlepped the disease with them and infected…

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