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...plague took in Western Europe. Lerner maintains that the plague was seen as not the end of the world, but more of a precursor, a sign of that apocalyptic event. He says that seeing this as a sign, Europeans began to prepare their souls for their impending deaths as well as a method of possible forestalling an apocalypse. Lerner determines that in their belief that the Black Death was sent down as a punishment from their God, Europeans saw repenting as not only their key to the best afterlife possible, but also as a means of possibly curing the ailment.
With the use of these sources, the intention is to produce a paper that will cover as many different perspectives and reactions to the Black Death, those being the religious, medical, governmental and the scientific.
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