Topics: Black Death, Middle Ages, Medieval demography Pages: 3 (1221 words) Published: June 12, 2014
The Black Death Essay
The Black Death or the plague is an extreme disease that killed one third of Europe’s population. The Black Death had started in Asia to Europe in 1347-1352. The Black Death did have short term and long term effects that spread all around the nation of Europe. Short term is scapegoating, flagellants, changes to medicine and long term being the fall of the feudal system and art. The plague did develop progress in the Medieval times. Ultimately the short term and long term effects show that the Black Death had a good and bad side to the plague, therefore it wasn’t a total disaster. The Black Death is a disease that killed one third of Europe’s population. The plague happened in 1347-1352. The Black Death had travelled on fleas to rats and rats on to boats. Not only that but it carried from Asia to Europe by the silk road in boat which contained clothing, food and jewellery. In this essay it will contain information about the reactions to the Black Death, art, scapegoating and changes to medicine. People reacted differently to the mysterious disease. While some people turned to contrition and prayed for salvation, others turned to debauchery and increased sinful behaviour; they argued that nothing mattered anymore if everyone was to die anyway. Superstition, scapegoats, religious fervour and fanaticism were only some of the things that were considered a possible solution to the problem of the Black Death. Some believed that ringing the church bells (which was done in all kinds of crises) would drive the disease away. Others expressed their feelings and thoughts about death and the afterlife in art (like poetry, sculpture or painting).Yet another way to cope with the Black Death was shown up by the flagellants. ‘Flagellants went from one town to another, parading through the streets and whipping themselves to demonstrate their penitence.’ (The Black Death - The Plague of the 14th Century. 2014. The Black Death - The Plague of the 14th Century....
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