The Black Plague

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The Black Plague

The book I chose to read was titled The Medieval Plague: The Black Death of the Middle Ages. The author of the book is Geoffrey Marks.Doubleday & company, inc. in 1971, published The Medieval Plague: The Black Death of the Middle Ages in Garden City, New York. The book was a great source of information. It gave vast descriptions of many aspects of the plague. Some of the topics it covered were as follows: what was the plague, the rising of the plague, the Black Death coming to Europe and how it spread, and life during the plague. I will now explain what I have read about these topics.

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What was the black plague?
There were many devastating diseases throughout history but none so devastating as the Black Death. Nothing compares to the reflective imprint it left on history. When this disease was present it killed all in its way. Before the plague hit Europe the population was estimated at 100,000,000:after the plague only 75,000,000 people were living. This means that 25,000,000 helpless people died during a four-year period, the plague years, 1347-1351. The plague came out of nowhere: it wasn't there one day and there it was the next. The people were helpless when it reached them. The doctors had no way to cure it and also they had no way to prevent it.

The rising of the plague:
In the 1320's-1330's a sickness broke out in rats the lived in small communities. Suddenly these rats began to die in large numbers at a time. The fleas and other insects that had lived on the rats and fed off their blood had to find new animals to live on and feed off of. These insects still had the diseased blood in them though. The insects fled to the nearest human since they were easy to come by. When they began to feed on the humans they would dispose of the old blood (the diseased rat blood) into the human to make room for the new food. Immediately people's condition began to worsen and most eventually died…