Death comes from the smallest of places
The Black Plague is called several different names. Today, the Black Plague is referred to as the Black Plague or the Black Death but, the people who lived through the Plague, referred to it as the Great Dying or the Pestilence (Altman 18). Most people know it as the Black Plague. No matter what the Black Plague is called, though, it is all the same thing. The Black Plague caused death everywhere, and, the effect is change in religion, economy, and the country. The Black Plague all started from a flea. The fleas lived on rodents and other animals, the most common were the rats, are believed to have delivered the disease (Alkin 3). The fleas injected the disease into the animals which they were on. Animals ventured out into multiple cities. When the animals died, the people within the cities got the disease. The Plague reached out far and wide; starting in Europe, and then spreading to Italy, France, British Isles, Alps, Switzerland, Hungary, and Russia (Altman 20-21). The Black Plague was most famous for happening in Europe though. “From December 1592 until December 1593 Stow (the Elizabethan archivist) reported 10,675 plague deaths in London, a city approximately 200,000 people” (Alkin 2). About 29 people died per day. These people could die from several different types of the black plague. “The Black Death involved the three forms of plague: bubonic, referring to painful lymph node swellings called buboes; pneumonic, an airborne form that first attacks the longs; and septicemia, which is called ‘Blood poisoning’” (Altman 19-20). These different types of the Black Plague killed people. People learned the symptoms of the plague. “The symptoms are painful swellings in the armpits, legs, neck or groin, very high fever, delirium and mental disorientation, vomiting, muscular pains, bleeding in the lungs, and an intense desire to sleep, which, if yielded to quickly proved fatal” (Alkin 4). When people became aware of the...
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