The Period Of The Middle Ages

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Contrary to popular belief, the Renaissance is not a time period, but a movement of the middle ages. The middle ages began at the fall of the Roman empire in 476 and lasted all the way to 1500; a 100 year period.
During this time was when the Malthusian Crisis / Deadlock occurred. Killing much of the population, by famine, disease, etc, this was in a sense a positive thing because of the overpopulation. Famine had a rather large effect. This included ergotism which produces a chemical that causes delusion and loss of circulation and loss of fingers and/or limbs. The cause was poisoning from ergot, a fungus, which grows on rye grass. The fungus contaminated bread because of the rye flour used. Also, if you are malnourished in childhood you immune system is basically wrecked for life. With that said, people had a very hard time feeding their families so this had an immense effect on many children.
The Plague was a notable and gigantic disease during the middle ages. The cause of it was a bacterium called, Yersinia Pestis. There were three types of Plague. The first was Bubonic Plague, which affects the lymphatic system (swelling). Some symptoms are a fever and achiness, as well as the development of a bubo somewhere on your body. Although this is the least severe type of plague, you still would have a 66% chance of dying in this time period. The second was Pneumonic Plague. Some symptoms are a high fever, coughing blood, then you basically die within two days tops. Like a
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