Essay The Black Death

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In October 1347, the Black Death finally made its way to Europe. 12 Genoese merchant ships arrived at the Sicilian port of Messina, when the townspeople joined together at the docks they were greatly surprised to see most of the sailors were either dead or severely ill (Staff ). The sailors on the 12 forsaken ships had large black boils on their body that discharged blooded and pus. This gave the illness the name; the Black Death. Throughout the rest of the century, the Black Death would return a handful of times killing roughly 20 million europeans (Snell). The Black Death unleashed a fury of death on Europe. Almost one-third of the population of Europe had perished. The Black Death came in three forms: bubonic, pneumonic and the …show more content…
It is spread by breathing the infected air coughed out by its victim. Symptoms of the Pneumonic plague gave its victims no boils, but they did endured horrible chest pains, heavy sweats and coughing up blood. Once infected you were giving one or two days to live.
Lastly, the third form is the Septicemic attacked the blood stream. The Septicemic form of the plague was spread from contact with open sores. This killed the fastest, the symptoms included: fever and chills ,chest pains, diarrhea, vomiting, bleeding from your nose,mouth or ass, or under your skin, shock and blackening of your skin on your fingers, toes and nose (Clinic Staff).
In fourteenth century Europe, there was not a realistic explanation for why this is happening. Many people of the time believed that it was God’s punishment to mankind for its sins. Logically, the only way to defeat the Black Death was to win God’s Forgiveness. One way was to eliminate their town or village troublemakers. Usually the troublemakers were jewish. Many blamed their local jewish people of poisoning wells which lead a horrific massacre of jews.
Fourteenth century Europeans had different ways to cope with that they thought was the end of times. One of the most unusual and extreme was the Flagellants. The Flagellants were a group of upper-class men who marched from town to town naked in a single file line and whipped themselves while the townspeople looked in hopes of God forgiving them of their sins and

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