Tuchman Essay - Zachary Cleveland English 1101"This is the...

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Zachary Cleveland English 1101 July 22, 2008 “This is the End of the World,” by Barbara Tuchman, is about the bubonic plague that started spreading throughout Europe in 1347. More importantly, the writing is about how people in different parts of the world reacted to the plague. No one had any idea what was causing the death of so many people. There were different stories all over the continent about where it began and how the “Black Death” killed. The idea of contagious insects and animals did not exist in the fourteenth century. Many theories were floating around, for example, that the disease was transferred by sight. In the end, people came to the conclusion that this was the wrath of God. The city of Rouen ordered everyone to stop doing things that would further upset God. The pope authorized processions of thousands that sometimes lasted 3 days, when really, the processions helped to spread the plague faster. There was a story in Messina of an Archbishop conducting a procession with holy water and “demons in the shape of dogs” appearing to the people. The whole
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