In 1348, people from all around the world suffered from one of the most deadliest and cruel diseases known as the Black Death. The plague killed so many people in Europe that some of the villages were abandoned and the population of some cities was decreased by half. Giovanni Boccaccio was an Italian writer and poet who eye-witnessed and described the horrors caused by the Black Death in his novels Decameron. In Boccaccio’s work, the sick people were left behind to survive on their own and even children were left behind by their parents because they were sick. Unfortunately, from all the people who died during the epidemic, the peasants were those who actually benefited from it. The Black Death end up with political,
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In lieu of this, it is interesting to study how the bubonic plague wiped out a considerable number of people from the population of medieval Europe. It is also interesting to learn what caused the outbreak of the plague. However, discussing all of these would be lengthy and some important points might be overlooked. This paper will only present the effects of the Black Death in medieval Europe based from history books and information from the World Wide Web. Specifically, this paper will attempt to look into the changes wrought by the Black Death in medieval Europe. Other topics related to the Black Death will be discussed briefly.
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Imagine half of a continent dying seemingly without reason, all within two years. The devastation caused on families would be unbearable. This is exactly what happened just 700 years ago in Europe. Probably the darkest, most devastating catastrophe in that century, and yet, the cause of deaths remains a question. One ‘thing’ has been confirmed; the deaths were caused by a plague. Three strands of the plague were Pneumonic, Bubonic, and the Septicemic. All three included similar symptoms, such as fever and chills; however, distinct symptoms also were noted. In Pneumonic, people experienced bloody sputum and difficulty breathing, whereas the Septicemic plague caused death of tissue in finger tips and in the nose. The Bubonic plague, the focus of this research paper, was the most popular strain of the plague. This strain caused swollen lymph nodes and buboes under the arms and around the groin area. The Plague was airborne, spread by rat bites, and by flea bites. All three of these strains were very painful. The Black plague was a major epidemic from 1348-1350, but it remained a threat until the 1666 London fire. Over 50 million Europeans were affected by this deadly disease, which ignited the rising of inflation, urban and peasant immorality, and challenges to the authorities of the Church.
Although the Renaissance consisted of discovering new and exciting topics, a major outbreak had occurred. This outbreak was known as the Bubonic Plague or the “Black Death” which had arrived in Europe in 1348 (Woodville). The Bubonic Plague impacted Europe and Europeans negatively economically, politically, and socially.
The Black Death claimed numerous lives, not only the sick and the elderly, but also the young and healthy. The greatest, and worst, obstacle with the infection of the bubonic plague was the lack of knowledge of what was actually afflicting the population (The Florentine Chronicle, Rubric 643). The people during the time of the Black Death where even mind boggled at how the disease had spread to Europe, let alone assessing what the disease actually was and how to cure the disease. According to Marchione di Coppo Stefani, “N...
Throughout history, the world has witnessed and experienced many tragic events. These events range from natural disasters and mass murders to famine and disease. This particular essay is going to focus on disease. We have encountered many diseases that have had a tremendous affect, on lives and the ways of living, from Polio to the “Great Mortality”. In this essay, I want to introduce to you one of the most known disease pandemics that we still are researching and trying to understand. The disease has many names like the “Great Mortality”, the plague, the Bubonic plague and is also known as the “Black Death”. Historians believe that that this particular pandemic is the worst disease that struck during the 1300’s and is the most known disease
The Black Plague, perhaps one of the worst epidemics in history, swept its evil across Europe in the middle of the 14th century, killing an estimated 20 million people. This major population shift, along with other disasters occurring at the time, such as famine and an already existing economic recession, plunged Europe into a dark period of complete turmoil. Anarchy, psychological breakdowns, and the dissipation of church power were some of the results. As time passed, however, society managed to find new ground and began its long path of recovery. The plague, as catastrophic as it was to medieval Europe, had just as many positive effects that came with this recovery as it did negative effects prior. An end to feudalism, increased wages and innovation, the idea of separation of church and state, and an attention to hygiene and medicine are only some of the positive things that came after the plague. It could also be argued that the plague had a significant impact on the start of the Renaissance.
The root of all evil for the Europeans during the fourteenth century was the bubonic plague. This plague was lethal and managed to travel quickly from the Asian countries to Europe and Africa. The imment force of the plague set fear in the daily lives of the Europeans. This plague did not only seep into its victim’s skin, but the economic, social, and religous aspects as well.
The Great Mortality by John Kelly delivers vivid accounts and perspectives on the disease that plagued the much of the medieval century. Kelly, a seasoned author and graduate in European studies, provides this well researched book into further understanding the Black Death. The book, thorough and entertaining to read allows a reader to go back into time and vividly picture life during the the Black Plague.
The Black Death plagues had disastrous consequences for Europe in the 14th century. After the initial outbreak in Europe, 1347, it continued for around five years and then mysteriously disappeared. However it broke out again in the 1360s and every few decades thereafter till around 1700. The European epidemic was an outbreak of the bubonic plague, which began in Asia and spread across trade routes. When it reached Europe, a path of destruction began to emerge. Medieval society was tossed into disarray, economies were fractured, the face of culture and religion changed forever. However the plagues devastation was not all chaotic, there were benefits too, such as modern labour movements, improvements in medicine and a new outlook on life. Therefore in order to analyse the impact the Black Death had on societies in the 14th century, this essay will consider the social, economic, cultural and religious factors in order to reach an overall conclusion.
Through the eyes of Boccaccio, plague in the City of Florence due has formed three basic forms of social groups. First, there were people who believed that "a sober and abstemious mode of living considerably reduced the risk of infection" therefore they lived in isolation from the rest of the people (Boccaccio 7).