This leads to the before mentioning lung infection. When people think of the plague, they usually think of the plague which devastated Europe in the mid 1300's, but the history of the plague goes much further back than that. There were accounts of the plague in the Old Testament, and then again in Athens in 430B.C. The plague was dormant for many years, but then reappeared in China in the 1330's. It finally hit Europe in 1347 when Genose trading ships whose sailors were infected.
The Black Death, also known as the Black Plague, was a disease that lasted from 1348 to 1351 that impacted the world culturally and emotionally, in addition to wiping out thousands of people. The Plague came from Asia to Europe and was caused by fleas that were transported by rats through trading routes. It is difficult to know the exact number of victims, but estimates range from 25% to 60% of the European population succumbed to it. According to Joseph Byrne, in The Black Death, current estimates are that between 75 and 200 million people died from the plague. At the time, it was referred to as the “The Great Mortality” or “The Pestilence”, but people had no idea what caused it, how to prevent the spread of the disease, or how to effectively
The Black Death was on of the most severe epidemics in history. In 1347 A.D., this great plague swept over Europe, ravaging cities and causing widespread hysteria and death. The Black Death is estimated to have killed 30% – 60% of Europe's population, reducing the world's population from an estimated 450 million to between 350 and 375 million in 1400. This has been seen as having created a series of religious, social and economic upheavals, which had profound effects on the course of European history. It took 150 years for Europe's population to recover.
The terrible disease caused not only massive numbers of deaths, but also caused many minority groups to be blamed and persecuted for "causing" the Black Death. The symptoms were a bubo in the groin, where the thigh meets the trunk; or a small swelling under the armpit; sudden fever; spitting blood and saliva. It was such a frightful thing that when it got into a house, as was said, no one remained. There was so much death destruction that bodies would just be lying around and there was no place to bury them. People might as well fear that if they touch the bodies to bury them then they themselves would also get the disease and die.
The disease spread from nation to nation, killing millions of people and seriously affecting their lives especially Britain. It is thought to be one of the most devastating plagues in human history. It is thought to have begun in the mid 1340’s in China, caused by dirty rodents who had infected fleas. The fleas travelled through Asia and lived on Rats and all sorts of other creatures. Some of these creatures became passengers on merchant ships that sailed to Europe.
This character is not afraid to show his emotions, especially in a society where a man portraying his emotions might be viewed as a sign of weakness. The scene which Grendel sneaks in at night and kills many of Hrothgar’s warriors; in the morning he says “Knowing by its tracks that some demon had torn his followers apart. He wept, fearing the beginning might not be the end.”(40). Most people can relate to these feelings of hopelessness and despair displayed in this scene. Some may see Hrothgar as a coward; he really cares deeply for the welfare of his people, a quality that is admired by many.
The Black Death In the 1340s a lethal disease, also known as the Bubonic plague, attacked Europe’s entire population killing almost 50 million people, the continent's population reduced approximately two-thirds, leaving behind an unforgettable mark on our history. It spread quickly and devastated many other countries (Benedictow 1). As we can see, the Black Death Plague has been in existence for about 650 years, even though it is not widespread today, the Plague still exists. There are several explanations on the origins of the Black Death. It began in the spring of 1346 in the steppe region when the Mongols launched an attack on the Italian merchant’s last trading station, Kaffa in the Crimea (Benedictow 3) Others thought that it originated from earthquakes and fire, people even believed that it was a punishment from God for their sins.
The purpose of this essay is to reflect on the relationship between food and culture and how people in Shakespearian times used the two to overcome The Bubonic Plague. The Black Plague was an epidemic that took the lives of one-third of all Europeans during the time Shakespeare was alive. With the plague running rapid, many people became corrupt in order to find food and support there families. In Kastan’s A Companion to Shakespeare, he says, “the high prices and shortages of food, were wicked, wondering, idle people whose thefts were at the heart of all the trouble.” (34) He then goes on to say, in regards to the new corrupt people: Worse, the cost of imprisoning them all meant that there was no money left over to relieve the truly needy poor. His answer to these problems was straight forward: harsher laws and sharper law enforcement to stop the mouths of these people who laugh in their sleeves at the lenity of the law and the timorousness of the executioners of it… There was much seditious talk (for which many were hanged), and in Kent alone there were eleven riots connected with these shortages of grain between 1585 and 1603.
Introduction One of the biggest controversies in 2009 has been the outbreak of H1N1 influenza, also known as Swine Flu. It began with an outbreak in Mexico, killing one hundred and fifty people in the first week. It is believed that this strain of flu is not like any other. It began with pigs, on a small farm in Mexico. Further, it was transferred to humans and this is when it became lethal to the society (Engdahl, 2009).
Oh what's in a name? WHAT CAUSED ITS RAPID SPREAD Now that we have talked about what the black death actually is, let’s move on to its causes. The Black Death probably began somewhere in the Gobi Desert, a desert located in central Asia. It had been around for centuries in Asia, but in the 1300’s, the plague began to spread farther and more quickly than ever before. Historians believe that the Mongol Empire was truly responsible for the plague spreading so fast.