The Bubonic And Pneumonic Plagues Of The 14th Century

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The bubonic and pneumonic plagues of the fourteenth century, most commonly referred to as the Black Death, was one of the worst plagues to strike the world. With estimates of anywhere between a third to half of the population of Europe perishing due to these plagues it was not uncommon for most that survived this terrifying era to have personal accounts of this time. Many first-hand accounts of this era hold many similarities, but there are also subtle differences depending on location and also the time of which the plague had reached certain areas. This paper will specifically focus on two primary sources from this era of the Black Death. One account from Padua, Italy and another account from Vienna, Austria. Both accounts describe the plague …show more content…
However, the author of the plague in Padua, did not focus most of the attention of the passage on blaming God for all that happened. The passage instead focused more on the factual and scientific normalities of the plague. For instance, the author described the path of infection, the mortality rate, and the symptoms of the plague. Granted, this passage is rather short and does not really pursue any greater detail as of God’s role other than most likely being the source of the disease and comparing this plague to previous plagues and the destruction by God in the story of Noah. This passage, although short, mainly focuses on factual evidence of the plague rather than religious observations and beliefs. On the contrary, the passage from Vienna is longer and seems to focus less on the scientific portion of the plague and more on religious affairs and how the plague affected people and how they coped with the terror. The author also recounts how in the same year there were several other terrible events along with the plague such as a country stuck with paralysis, another suffering from a deadly rainfall, and another country tormented by fire. Although these may be accounts of possibly actual …show more content…
Cities shutting down and essentially locking themselves in to keep any and all outsiders from entering and infecting anyone else. The author from Padua describes whole cities banning entrance to any foreigners or travelers. The goal was to stop merchants from bringing the disease with them into the cities and preventing further travel which might spread the disease to other cities. He also described the shift in nature from a loud, busy city full of joy and constant activity to a quiet empty wasteland. It seemed almost post-apocalyptic. No more people, no noise, no qualities of a happy life, just survival. The same goes for the passage from Vienna. The author from Vienna goes into greater detail the toll the plague had taken on normality. The author explained that a once sense of joy was then replaced with a sense of despair and loss. Whenever possible times for happiness and celebration tried to bring back what was taken away from so many. However, he illustrated that people had become sour. Wine was easily accessible which turned many men into angry drunks. According to this author many men tried pushing their terrible experiences out of their minds by engaging in arguments over the dead and gave no care to simple rules of law, almost giving the world a sense of a post-apocalyptic nature. A quiet desolate land where all the people had become angry and have turned their backs to common

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