The Black Death: The Plague Of Florence, Italy

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The Black Death was a plague that started in Florence, Italy, in 1348. It was one of the deadliest plague epidemics that ever happened in history. It spread all over the world infecting everyone and leaving trails of dead bodies along its path. It led many people to death and can still infect people today. The Black Death swept across Asia and Europe during the middle 1300’s. It began in Central Asia. Ships that were used for trading carried rats. When the people got bitten by the fleas on the rats, the fleas gave them the plague. From these ships, the plague spread throughout Europe. By 1400, twenty million to thirty million people died because of the plague. Anyone who dared venture out upon the streets of Florence in the summer of 1348…show more content…
It was known as the Brotherhood of Flagellants. The Flagellants would march from town to town each in a black robe with a red cross and carrying a metal tipped leather scourge. They marched in silence. To join the group you needed to swear to scourge oneself three times a day for a whole month and 3 days. Each day of the month and three days represents the thirty three years Jesus Christ was alive. First the men followed and then women the followed. When they got to a town the first thing they did was go to a church to pray their special litany. They marched to town square to perform their bloody right. Surrounded by the townsfolk, they formed a large circle, pulled out their whips and beat them. They did this every day, twice a day. The people were beat so viciously until they were senseless and hardly felt the pain. The Flagellants went from town to town, lodging in monasteries. As time went on they began to direct their violence to others. They began persecuting all the Jews. In searching for a reason for the plague, some thought strangers caused the…show more content…
The Bubonic Plague is the most common out of all the plagues. This is a result of when a person is bitten by a rat flea. This causes Painful swellings called buboes. Buboes mostly appear in the legs, neck, armpits, and groin. The plague bacilli are little toxin factories. The heat of the human body signals the thousands of bacilli injected by the flea to go into a special production. If the immune system manages to kill some, the germs release more poisons from their dying bodies. Meanwhile, they work their way into the fluid drainage system to travel. If the flea bite was on the leg, the lymph drainpipes carry plague to the lymph nodes in the groin. If the bite is on the hand, plague rides the pipes to the armpit nodes. In the nodes, a massive battle begins to take place. The bacilli release toxins, the body sends immune system cells, and then the node swells with the dead of both armies and coagulated blood. This forms a bubo. As many as one quarter of the people will survive untreated. One out of twenty people will find their way to a slow painful death. The lungs are an excellent place for the plague to
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