The Origin
The Black Death, a disastrous health disaster claimed over 75 million lives in Europe. It spread to Europe in 1347 and the pandemic ended in 1351. Historians say it arrived when 12 Genoese ships docked at the Sicilian Port of Messina. This sickness caused a lot of horror and fear. This sickness is believed to have started in China but historians still do not know how. The Black Death spread rapidly and spread five kilometers a day. ( History.com )

A Skull
A Skull



Symptoms
The plague exhibited symptoms of high fever, aching limbs , and fatigue. Within days big purple bumps would start to show all over the body. Soon symptoms became so strong the people who were infected could not stand up. Then soon after that the fingers and nails would start to turn black. Hence giving it the name The Black Death. Other symptoms were swelling, dark patches, and coughing up blood. After infected people infected lived about 3 or 4 more days after that. The person infected would get acral necrosis from yersinia pestis which is the infection that the rats gave to the people. Then the people who were infected tongue would start to turn black soon after. ((youtube.com/black death)

A Medieval Doctor
A Medieval Doctor


Beliefs

There are beliefs about the plague that historians still do not know if they are true or false. One belief could be that the song Ring Around The Rosy was inspired by the Bubonic plague. Other beliefs could be that the plague was caused by God, the Jews, bad air, and bad alignment of the planets. Some other beliefs could be that if one person died in the house the whole family would be dead within a matter of days. Scientists also believed that gerbils caused the infection and not rats. The People believed that if they carried pouches of herbs they would be protected from the smell. (wickipedia.com)

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Medieval Cures and Doctors


Medieval doctors tried to cure the plague but they could not because the plague was already to bad and they could not find any cures. A medieval doctor wore a beak like mask that people said had a sweet smelling substance inside. The sweet smelling substances would be used to keep away the evil of the plague. Some cures that they thought would help are to be merry and to entertain themselves. They also thought that going around singing would stop the plague from getting to them. Other medieval cures could be also be to wear a jade necklace to prevent from getting the disease. Also they believed that if you dipped rags in oil and put it all over your body you would not get the plague. (eyewitnesshistory.com)
A Flea That Carries The Disease
A Flea That Carries The Disease

Effects on the Economy

While during and after the plague the economy started to fall falling. After the Black Death news started to spread and artisans started to demand higher wages from their employers. Later after that artisan skills declined because the artisans were all dying and that came with the decline of the economy. Law Enforcement started dying also so that encouraged lawlessness. People started to dress in all red and do horrendous crimes like murder and robbing. They also started to get revenge on the people and their families that hurt them in some way. (historytoday.com)
Lady with Bumps
Lady with Bumps

Man with Bumps all over his body caused by the plague
Man with Bumps all over his body caused by the plague


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