Imagine horrific death took over your city and most of your loved ones were gone. You once believed in your faith most definitely, but now question everything; why are you here? Is there a higher power in existence? Is there a God? What is God? The world you once knew deteriorated; everything you were certain of and the society around you crumbled before you. These were all the effect of the Black Death.
The Black Death, also known as the Bubonic Plague occurred between 1347 and 1351.It was a mass disaster that had spread throughout Europe. Originally in Asia, the disease of the plague came to Europe through means of trade. It moved through Europe first touching Sicily in 1347, going as far as Moscow in 1351 according to history.howstuffworks.com. The primary culprits in transmitting this disease were fleas that carried on the back of black rats, infected fleas that attached themselves to rats and then to humans spread disease. Along with the rat fleas, another culprit of this disease were air born germs; breathing the exhaled air of the sick would give you the disease.
There were three plagues of the Black Death, the most common one being the bubonic plague; it was transmitted with direct contact with the flea. The second being the pneumonic plague that was transmitted from person to person through means of touching, or by breathing in contaminated air. The last plague of the Black Death was the septicemic plague; it was transmitted by either the flea or a “plague-infected body”. Pneumonic plague was a specific attach on the respiratory system and the septicemic plagues specifically attached the blood stream. Symptoms on the plagues were swells or “buboes” that appeared on a victim’s neck, armpits, or groin. These tumors would range in sizes from an egg to as big as an averaged size apple. Blood and pus seeped out of these swellings which were followed by symptoms of fever, chills, vomiting, diarrhea, aches and pains. The life expectancy of someone who had the plague was usually one week.
AT the time the source of the Black Death was unknown. Education of medicines and health wasn’t quit advanced, and due to the fact that the rule of the world was based on religion, physicians at the time believed the source of the Black Death was evil or the wrath of God. "Many people believed that the Black Death was a kind of divine punishment–retribution for sins against God such as greed, blasphemy, heresy, fornication and worldliness.” By this logic, the only way to overcome the plague was to win God’s forgiveness. Some religious reactions took another form; those who followed the church began to...