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The Importance Of The Black Death

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“There can be little doubts that living conditions in medieval cities and towns enabled plagues to spread easily and quickly”

Life in Europe was soon to change drastically. When you look at the faces of mothers and fathers staring at their feverish blood-vomiting infants, lying in their own bed, in the very places where they parted with a kiss the previous evening. When living in 1348, and have been relieved of any complacent assumptions that anyone will survive this hideous calamity, and have come whole of humanity, and that God has deserted mankind, then you will start to realise how destructive the plague was. The Great Plague-the term “Black Death’’ is not invented until the nineteenth century-is one of the most horrific events in human history, comparable only with those traumas which people have inflicted on one another in modern times. Every prayer fades into a mere whisper of horror. Three key possibilities that may of helped conduct the plague were personal hygiene, urban architecture and living conditions and even trade routes.

As explained by Scientists at a Public Health England in Porton Down, argue that “The Black Death to have spread so quickly and killed so many victims with such devastating speed, it would have to have been airborne” (www.history.com). Instead, personal hygiene was also a huge part in contaminating the medieval cities with the Black Death. Back then, personal hygiene was not a vital activity in their daily lives, it wasn't a necessity
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