The Black Plague or The End of the World USE SLIDE ONE PICTURE IN A FADED BACKGROUND
The Bubonic Plague or "Black Death" was a fatal disease spread by fleas which lived on rats and humans. This plague started in Asia and traveled to Europe by rat-infested Italian ships trading goods across the Mediterranean Sea. The Plague reached England by 1348, and by 1351 it had killed over a million people, one-third of Europe's entire population.
Three ways to die! The Black Plague took three forms 1. The bubonic plague was accompanied by high fever, chills, and painful swellings in the armpits and groin. Death usually came with in a week 2. In the second form of the plague, germs entered the bloodstream. Death came quickly within 24 hours. 3. The third form is when the germs entered the lungs. Death came in only a few days
By the end of the Pestilence or the Great Mortality as it was some times called: Florence and Venice, Italy lost 60% of its population, Pisa and Vienna lost 500 people a day, and Paris had lost 50 % of its citizens. INSERT A PICUTRE OF THE ERA
The plague brought lasting changes in society: People turned to a more secular life style, allowing for dissention within the church, which led eventually to the protestant religions. A lack of menial labors led to higher wages and better working condition for those that survived. Farms on poor soil were abandoned for those with more productive soil. Feudalism began its decline.
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