The Black Death Essay

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Known as one of the most devastating sicknesses in history, the Black Death continued killing more and more people. This horrible disease struck many of countries and spread nonstop for 200 years. People tried to protect themselves but nothing worked. At the time it could not be discovered what was causing this virus, but now it is discovered and there is a cure. This paper will show the historical significance of the Black Plague in the middle ages. In the 14th century, a horrible illness called the Black Death hit Asia, Europe, and Africa. It first hit Asia in 1340 then quickly spread to Europe and Africa. Infected people first noticed this sickness by their symptoms of high fevers, and then broke out with red ring shaped marks with dark center spots on their arms and necks. "It is said that the plague takes three forms. In the first people suffer an infection of the lungs, which leads to breathing difficulties. Whoever has this corruption or contamination to any extent cannot escape but will die within two days. Next is a second form in which boils erupt under the armpits. Lastly there was a third form in which people of both sexes are attacked in the groin" (Black Death). People were sick everywhere and families were getting wiped out. With their narrow streets making transmission of the disease much easier, nearly half of the populations of some larger cities perished from this epidemic (Medieval Life). People tried almost anything to protect themselves. They carried flowers to try to get the horrible smell of death to go away. Villages filled with dead bodies were burned down to try to kill the disease. Even people locked their doors to try to protect themselves. Unfortunately, no matter what they did to try to get rid of this disease, nothing worked. Attempts to avoid the disease ranged from constant supplication to God, to eating fine meats, drinking fine

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