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The Black Plague Essay

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In 1347 a black cloud spread over the countryside of Europe. To all of the people witnessing it or coming after the plague it was a scary thing because they were not able to tell what was inflicting the pain and demise of towns and humanity as they knew it. This terrible event was so scary to them because by the time it was through over 2/3 of the people in Europe. Even though they did not now what caused it, it did not stop them from speculating what was the cause behind all of the mayhem and destruction of lives. Whether people believed that god sent down the plague onto the unbelievers or whether it came from the land or air. Whichever it was people usually took similar steps to prevent and protect against the plague.

Maybe the most common of the beliefs was that god sent down the plague unto the unbelievers, who were the Muslims. It was said it began among the unbelievers, which then it moved into Italy, and then finally crossing the Alps ...view middle of the document...

In some instances they were blamed for it because they did not believe in god and he sent it down. But it was also said that the poisoned the water in wells and the air that they breathed. The main reason that the blame came back onto the Jews was because there was no lack of food but rather and abundance and since there was no apparent reason behind it the blame fell back onto the Jews. When people found Jews they were not given a fair hearing or anything because there was no real government after the plague hit because everyone was afraid. Even though it was no ones fault human nature makes us have a need to put a face or at least have someone to blame when something goes wrong and sadly it mostly falls on the Jews.

Many laws and different requirements were enacted to try to prevent the spread of the plague. In most cases they would make any kind of rules they could trying to keep people from having contact with the dead or dying. Also to keep everything in order they were not allowed to ring the church bells except for on certain occasions. To make things even more sad people would sometimes try to pay people to mourn for the dead so they had to make rules against all of it. But the thing that might have been the hardest on the people was that they had ration they could only have a certain number of candles and food and drink prices went way up because the dying were willing to pay them. To enforce the laws they would charge fines and anyone found to be breaking a rule would be fined accordingly. These rules and ordinances may have been one of the key factors in stopping the spread of the plague.

There has never been anything as devastating as the plague was. If it were to happen again today we would probably not make such rash judgments as they did back in 1347. However, we would probably not be prepared for it easier but we might be able to take control and stop and/or slow down the spread of the plague and finally find a cure but nothing is for certain. But you must say that some of the techniques that the people used back then to stop the spread of the plague were pretty smart and maybe even a little ahead of there time. But hopefully the world will never have to see an outbreak that will be as disastrous to us as it was to the Europeans back in 1347.

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