The Three Major Cataclysmic Events In 14th Century Europe

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The Three Major Cataclysmic Events in 14th Century Europe Throughout the history of Europe there have been three cataclysmic events that were life changing during the 14th century. These three events had a major impact on the arts and culture of Europe and they were the Black Death, the Great Schism, and the Hundred Years War. The Black Death, the Black Plague, or the bubonic plague was one of the deadliest epidemics in human history. The plague is now depicted to have three stages, the Bubonic Plague, the Septicaemic Plague, and the Pneumonic Plague. The Bubonic Plague was the least fatal of the three stages. The Septicaemic Plague attacks the blood and the Pneumonic Plague attacks the lungs. Both of these are nearly 100% fatal. It only takes 3 to 4 days for the infection to grasp a life and kill. It had taken place during the medieval period of the mid 14th century. This plague was estimated to have killed 30% -60% of Europe’s population. This disease was carried by rodents. Fleas would suck the animal’s blood; regurgitate the blood from the rat into human. The outcome of the whole continuum was that everyone dies including the rodent and fleas. It was known as the Black Death because of the black spots it produced on the skin. Other characteristics of the bubonic plague include blackish swelling of lymph nodes, high fevers, aching limbs, vomiting of blood, and the oozing of blood from all crevices of the body. Furthermore, this plague affected rich and poor alike. The areas where universities and schools were located were affected the most. From professors to students they all suffered this horrendous disease and these locations were closed or abandoned. Likewise in the institution of the church Priest and Bishops died. So the people did not have anybody to turn to because they had lost faith in God and the doctors did not know the answer to the problem.

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