13577132-Black-Plague-Essay - Rachel Sage #19 Period 4...

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Rachel Sage #19 Period 4 2/20/09 DBQ (pg. 1059 9-1) The bubonic plague hit Europe unexpectedly in 1347. Due to a famine from 1315- 1317, caused by three years of excessive rain, Europeans were made very susceptible to disease. When the plague came to Western Europe from Eastern Asia, it spread quickly through the trade routes. Rats on trade ships had fleas that were carrying the Black Death. In mid-fourteenth century Europe, Europeans responded to the outbreak of the bubonic plague with both scientific and religious remedies, most of which spread the plague even more, suggesting that the populous of the day knew very little about disease and how it was spread. Many Europeans of this century usually had no education outside of what was taught in the church; therefore their first instinct was that the plague was the wrath of God. Prayers went out non-stop for a single individual’s sin, and especially for loved ones who had already passed in order to decrease their time in purgatory. This eventually contributed to the selling of Indulgences, which when purchased from the Catholic Church could reduce someone’s time in purgatory. The selling of Indulgences then contributed to the age of religious reformation. Hoping to be relieved from their sins and
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