The Black Death, By Phyllis Corzine Essay

1316 Words Mar 11th, 2016 6 Pages
The Renaissance was a time period of rebirth, new discoveries, and developments. The sicknesses and the Bubonic Plague, or most commonly known as, “plague,” or, “ Black Death,” impacted Europe and other locations across the globe during the Renaissance years in a dreadful manner. The Bubonic Plague affected people during the Renaissance in an unwelcoming way. Even though the illness took many lives, it had a positive influence on society today because it changed medical treatments and advanced technology also influenced trade and commerce during the Renaissance because it gave commoners an increase in salary and say. During this time period, cities and towns were peculiar to what society is like today in the twenty-first century. Phyllis Corzine’s asserts in her book The Black Death, “swelling populations made urban life overcrowded and unsanitary”(21). She continues to explain that towns and cities were small with unpaved streets, narrow roads, and gutters that carried gruesome objects such as human waste (21). These living conditions were the perfect recipe for a disastrous plague. Living in this type of environment lead to some disastrous consequences that would soon kill 30-50% of Europe 's population (Dewitte). The consequences of the plague would in fact change life in Europe forever. Europe 's, unsanitary conditions included areas infested with rats and garbage scattered across residents front yard, had taken a dent from the plague. Having said this, Wendy Orent…

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