The Black Death Essay

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The Black Death In the early 1330s an outbreak of a deadly disease occurred called the bubonic plague. The plague mainly affects rodents, but fleas can transmit the disease to people. Once people are infected, they can infect others rapidly. The plague causes fever and painful swelling of the lymph glands called buboes, which is how it got its name. The disease also causes spots on the skin that are red at first and turn black (Encarta). China was one of the busiest of the worlds trading nations, it was only a matter of time before the outbreak of the plague in China spread to western Asia and Europe. In October of 1347, several Italian merchant's ships returned from a trip to the Black Sea, one of the key links in trade with …show more content…
A terrible killer was loose across Europe, and Medieval medicine had nothing to combat it. In the winter, the disease seemed to disappear, but only because fleas, which were now helping to carry it from person to person, were soon dormanting then. Each spring, the plague attacked again, killing new victims. After five years twenty-five million people were dead one-third of European people (Encarta). Even when the worst was over smaller outbreaks continued, not just for years, but for centuries. The survivors lived in constant fear of the plague's return, and the disease did not disappear until the 1600s (Campbell 44). Medieval society never recovered from the result of the plague. So many people had died, which led to serious labor shortages all over Europe. This led workers to demand higher wages, but landlords refused those demands (Campbell 45). By then end of the 1300s peasants revolts broke out in England, France, Belgium and Italy, thus showing that economics control history. The disease took its toll on the church as well. People throughout Christendom had prayed devoutly for deliverance from the plague. The term plague was then used for a disease that was widespread. They could classify the Black Death under pandemic of a disease called plague. This plague was an infectious fever caused by a bacillus with scientific name Pasteurella pestis (Shrewsbury 15). A Japanese and a Swiss scientist in 1884 discovered the microbe almost at the

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