The Black Plague was not just harming the infected ones, it was killing off the healthy ones too because no one was able to provide food and if people did, it was for themselves. “Food and items that were available were high in price because the inflation in the economy” (Trueman). The food that was available people could not afford because no one wanted to work because they feared of getting sick and dying. Villages stopped providing for ev... ... middle of paper ... ...on” (Rosen). So many people suffered from this disease and even those that were not infected, it caused pain and tragic despair.
The only problem was that the invaders were catapulting the dead bodies over the walls of the defenders' towns, causing the spread of the plague to infect them. During all this confusion the church's leadership in the lives of the people weakened. Before the arrival of the Black Death, the church was seen as one of the wealthiest and most powerful landlords in all of Europe. The people felt that the church was abandoning them at this time, but the priests were dying too. When the plague declined, many towns were left without a priest.
The Black Plague started in 1347 CE and ended in 1351 CE. Europe declined dramatically by the spreading of an unstoppable virus sent from central Asia. As the virus spread through towns, villages, and across countries, dead bodies of the victims caught by the virus started to pile and gather. As more bodies began to pileup, they were dumped into pits (Wilson 438). There were many effects of the Black Plague in Europe.
Sailors aboard the ships had all been infected with the plague. Most of the men were dead, but the few remaining were severely ill. James Giblin stated in his book that a historian recorded, “They had sickness clinging to their very bones.” (Giblin 13) As the ships arrived, the people visiting at the docks of Messina began to panic. There had been rumors of a pestilence terrorizing the E... ... middle of paper ... ...nce of the streets sent the message out that there was no authority and crime rate increased significantly. (Kelly 206) The Great Pestilence that haunted Europe in Medieval times took out more than a third of its population. After diseased rats and fleas made their way to the ports of Messina, Sicily by ships the plague spread across Europe ever so quickly.
Wives abandoned sick husbands; parents deserted their diseased children. The sick were left to die and the dead was left unburied. Things in Europe were getting worse by the day. Until the day that so many died off that the few left were healthy. Before the plague, Europe had been severely overpopulated and almost in a great economic depression.
The Black Plague lasted for a longer period than any other disease, leaving behind a huge amount of dead bodies that earth could not decompose quickly. The lives of the villagers were rough just by seeing their relatives dying in their homes but also to seeing people die in the streets. What scared the villagers most was the ghost ship, that was filled with rats and fleas and they were also filled with the bodies of the dead sailors that round it. Some people believed that the plague was a punishment from God for the sins that they have committed or that the infected people have
Felicia Henrikson Khosrozadeh English 3; Per.3 21 April 2014 The Black Death Pain, boils, blisters, infection, and death. Think about the pain all those people went through. During the late 1340’s and early 1350’s the Black Death changed the lives of the people living in Europe in ways they never thought possible (Dunn 8). Due to this life changing disease people died an agonizing, painful, sickening disease, daily. The Black Death struck hundreds upon thousands of innocent lives destroying any families in the way.
Crop yields were down due to colder weather climates and mass political unrest due to the mercenary armies roaming the countryside in search of plunder. Famine began in Europe due to the low crop yields and the people who didn’t die from the plague had to fear dying from starvation. (Knox). The plague revisited parts of Europe and took with it 1/3 of the population as its victims. Never before or since has the world seen such a horrendous disease or a catastrophe of such epidemic proportions.
Just in Europe did it kill one-third of their population, meanwhile completely destroying two-thirds of China’s population, and decimating many Muslin towns. The disease flared and raged so quickly there wasn’t enough time to bury all the dead, so they mainly waited until the end and held a large memorial service. The disease itself was ripping apart the very fabric of society. The virus attacks the lymph nodes and lungs. The buboes formed from the virus are usually formed in the groin or armpit depending on the closest lymph node.
In 1347 AD, The Black Death began spreading throughout Western Europe. Over the time span of three years, the widespread epidemic killed one third of the population in Europe with pretty near twenty five million people dead. The Black Death killed many more Europeans than any other endemic or war up to that time, vastly impacting the Church, the people, and the economy. These three social backbones were changed forever. Firstly, when the plague first reached Europe, people panicked.