Warf 1 Justin Warf Victoria Gray HIST 1110-102 7 December 2010 The Bubonic Plague: Europe’s Nightmare Beginning in 1347, the powerful Bubonic Plague terrorized Europe for a time span of 50 years, in which it destroyed Europe’s economy, population, and religion. This Bubonic Plague, also known as “The Black Death,” was solely caused by an infestation of fleas. The plague greatly affected those who were involved in trade and agriculture. Secondly, the plague affected the population by killing off one third of Europeans. Also, the plague affected how the people viewed religion and the church. Europeans went to the church searching for a solution, but they found out the church could not provide answers. In the month of October in 1347, a few Italian merchant ships came back from a voyage to the Black Sea, which was a main connection with the trade with China. As the ships docked in the city of Sicily, many sailors that were on board were dying or already dead from the Plague. As days passed, the disease had spread to Sicily which was causing chaos in the city and also its surrounding areas. In the month of August the Plague had spread as far as England, where the English called the plague “The Black Death” since there were black spots that appeared on the skin.
Warf 2 With this terrible disease running rampant and the medicine that was available at the time couldn’t even phase it. Rodents were mainly affected by the Bubonic Plague, but the fleas that the rodents carried spread the disease to the people (The Black Death: Bubonic Plague ). The Plague caused fever with painful swelling of the lymph nodes called boboes. The lymph nodes would swell so big that in the end they would burst. After this happened, death was not too far off. The Bubonic Plague got its nickname the “Black Death” from the black coloring of the person’s lymph nodes. Also, the plague would end up causing bloody vomit and would cause dysentery (Bussema). Throughout hundreds of years, many young children have been singing this rhyme without giving any thought on what it is about: Ring around the rosies, A pocket full of posies, Ashes , ashes! We all fall down. The rosies that are discussed were used for praying for help. Posies were carried around so the people could mask the stinch of the lymph nodes after they have already busted. The ashes came from the bodies that were burned. While, the all fall down part of the rhyme refers to the death of all the people that died from the Plague (Bussema).
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