We ask God’s forgiveness for our bad souls; the plague is surely part of His punishment. Some said: the air’s corruption kills. I said: the love of corruption kills. Source: Ibn al-Wardi, “An Essay on the Report of the Pestilence,” 1348. Vocabulary camphor : a fragrant wax sandal : a fragrant wood STANFORD HISTORY EDUCATION GROUP sheg.stanford.edu
How did people in the 14 th Century understand the Black Death? Sourcing and Contextualization Questions Doc A: Paris Medical Faculty Doc B: Ibn al-Wardi 1. Who wrote this document? 2. When and where was this document written? 3. Why was this document written? Cite from Sources. 4. Do you think people in 1348 trusted and believed these authors? Close reading & Corroboration Doc A: Paris Medical Doc B: Ibn al-Wardi 5. Where did the plague originate? 6. What or who caused the plague? According to the documents 7. Doc A: What should people have done to try to prevent or cure the plague? Doc B: How did people try to prevent or cure the plague?
Final Claim How do these documents illustrate how people understood the “Black Death”? USE EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT YOUR CLAIM. STANFORD HISTORY EDUCATION GROUP sheg.stanford.edu
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