“To put matters simply, it [the plague] did not spare those of any age or fortune,” (15). With this account, Nicephorus Gregoras, in my opinion, impeccably sums up The Black Death: The Great Mortality of 1348-1350. A large percentage of the contributors to John Aberth’s book of documents acknowledge that the plague did not discriminate against any person or group of persons. For this reason, I consider the overall sense of what the plague meant to the people of the mid 1300s to be a looming understanding that the plague could not be avoided, no matter how wealthy, powerful, or religious a person claimed to be.
Aberth’s comprehensive analysis regards the reactions of a diverse variety of people during the era of the Black Plague. The geographical documents contribute to the overall non-discriminatory sense of The Black Death by unmistakably agreeing that the plague consumed every country, town, and home within its grasp. Whether it was a large town or a small community of homes, the plague could disturb any area. While different professionals have varying ideas of where the plague originated, it is collectively agreed upon between the geographical contributors that the plague, at its peak, had extended to every region. This understanding suggests that even those who chose to leave their homes in an attempt to escape the plague would probably not be spared. One writer in particular represents the overall non-discriminatory sense by proclaiming, “How amazingly does it [the plague] pursue the people of each house,” (18).
Furthermore, the medical experts who provide professional insight into the symptoms and transmission of the plague subtly contribute to the overall non-discriminatory sense of Aberth’s book. Although not explicitly mentioned, the writers insinuate that the plague spread so quickly due to the fact that everyone was affected; thus, no one could care for ill friends and family members. One person in a family becoming infected meant that the whole family would rapidly become ill as well. In turn, one family becoming infected doomed the whole town which, consequently, doomed the whole region of death brought upon by the plague. These contributors attempt to provide medical advice and warnings to the people, but it is obvious that even the medical experts are perplexed about the situation. The most highly respected doctors can only give minimal words of advice, much less a solution to the plague’s rapid spread. It can be assumed that these medical experts and their subsequent writings adhere to the overall sense that the plague did not discriminate. If discrimination was involved, the plague would have affected considerably fewer people.
Moreover, the writers contributing to Aberth’s societal...