Black Plague

Black Plague - The Black Plague Between the Middle Ages and...

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The Black Plague Between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance The Black Death was one of the worst natural disasters in history. In 1347 A.D. a great plague swept over Europe and ravaged cities causing widespread hysteria and death. One third of the population of Europe 25 million people died. The primary culprits in transmitting this disease were fleas carried on the back of black rats brought into the Italian ports of Europe on trade ships from the east. But people did not know that cause and assumed that somehow God was sending punishment but why? The “danse macabre”— the dance of death was a common theme in Europe in illustrations like this during the late 1300’s onward . Because the plague affected everyone it was a great equalizer. The rich as well as the poor, royalty and high church officials as well as peasants all were take in agony by death, depicted here as skeletons dancing happily as they lead their suffering victims to the grave. What writers of that era said: Neither physicians nor medicines were effective. Whether because these illnesses were previously unknown or because physicians had not previously studied them, there seemed to be no cure. There was such a fear that no one seemed to know what
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