During the 14th century the Black Death was deadly and painful pandemic that killed over 20 million people, from 1348-1350 in Europe. Most saw it as a pestilence or plague but its known that the Black Death arrived in Europe from a part of Asia in 1347. Within a year the Black Death spread rapidly across the continent. It was assumed to be the end of humanity during the plague reign.
At the time that the plague had erupted there was not medical knowledge of it so there was no way to stop it, prevent it, or ease the pain of anyone who was infected with it. The theory was once the body was infected; the victim would have maybe at least three days left to live and in that time would go through excruciating pain. The Plague was broken down into three main types, bubonic, septicemic, and pneumonic; each was as painfully equal in giving death in one way or another. Bubonic was the most common of the three that a person would acquire, it consisted of swollen lymph nodes, the swells were about the size of a golf ball and would be noticeable within a week of being infected. Pneumonic, affected the lungs, it was the least dangerous but the most dangerous, because it was spread from person to person by coughing. Lastly there was Septicemic which was bacteria that would live in the bloodstream of the host.
For the people living in the 14th century who had no knowledge of the true reason behind what was causing this catastrophe they could only assume that it had to be a work of God, or a curse that witches and Jews had placed on the people. Ther...
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...nt affect on the poor. The poor would now start to demand higher wages and better working conditions for the work the produced due to the lack of other surviving workers.
The plague finally ended in 1350 due to all the non-immune people being killed off and the lack of trade and fewer people coming into contact with each other. Another thing that caused the plague to come to an end was rats also dying out from the disease. The plague having no host to transfer itself to and spread, it died off as well, letting the people able to go back to not having to live in fear any longer.
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