Such actions of destruction blasphemy and disrespect

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witness such profanity toward the God they both adored. Such actions of destruction, blasphemy and disrespect translated the true purpose of the crusade: men’s desire to obtain more power. 8. What explanation do these documents offer for the onset of plague? What do they suggest about the extent of Europeans’ understanding of the disease and how it spread? These documents offer the precautions and rules that were set in place to hinder the number of casualties, it was to take control and keep people from spreading the plague. When the Plague originally started to spread, people in Pistoia were not authorized to leave the city and no one was allowed to enter either. This decision was to help maintaining the spreading of the disease and protect the few people alive in the city. The Tartars took over a Christian village and the
Bertile 5 onset of plague overruled the Tartars. The understanding of the disease process was that it spreads fast, viciously and it kills a lot of people unwillingly. 9. What strategies did the city of Pistoia adopt to prevent the spread of infection? How did those strategies differ from the ones described by Herman Gigas and Heinrich Truchess? The city of Pistoia adopted many strategies to prevent spread of infection such as, people were not allowed to accompany corpses at a funeral further that the church doors. Other strategies consisted of not allowing people to bring in a corpse into the city. To avoid the foul stench of the dead and the spread of the infection, each grave must be dug two in a half armlength deep (or six feet under). The strategies between Gigas and Truchess was different from the strategies put in place in Pistoia. For example, according to Truchess men and women were massacred and burnt in 1348 and it was believed that they had poisoned the wells and rivers “brought upon corruption of air” and that they were to blame for this disease. No linen or woolen cloths were allowed either, nor any gift toward the deceased authorized (page 256, 257). 10. What do the accounts by Mussis and the bull of Pope Clement VI have in common? How did different groups of people react to the plague? Both Mussis and the Pope Clement VI declared that sins caused the plague: “the last Judgment had come,” and “…Christians are blaming the plague with which God, provoked by their sins, has afflicted the Christian people” (p.257 and 259). The different groups of people reacted in shocking ways and felt they could not escape the horrible plague and which was rarely possible that any of them would live through it. Pope Clements VI believed the plague was caused by the sins of the Christian people and was carried out by the Jews at the instigation of the devil, so they
Bertile 6 took it upon themselves to slain as many Jews as they could. Such actions could be translated by the state of paranoia surrounding the causes of the disease.

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