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Humanities lecture 10/30/06 Decameron: Boccaccio: 1313-1375 End of middle ages and beginning of Renaissance I. late middle ages a. 1348-1350 b. Book set in 1348 during the time of the black death c. One third of the population died a miserable death d. Took two centuries to recover the populations II. Bubonic plague a. Spread by fleas who travel on rats i. Rats were everywhere in Europe in Midlevel time ii. If rat dies the flea would bite a human b. Symptoms i. Grapefruit sized welts that were bleeding pussy and foul smelling ii. Spread by contact and respiration iii. Die within three days c. Moved westward into Europe i. First city was Constantinople ii. Two thousand people a day were dying d. Arrived in Alexandria in late 1347 e. Cairo i. Losing 4 thousand people a day f. Florence (were Boccaccio lived) i. First major city in western Europe to be afflicted ii. 50 -75 percent of the population was dead with in six months III. One of the best descriptions came from Decameron a. All social order broke down and collapsed i.
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