The Black Death

The Black Death

Ms. Susan M. Pojer Horace Greeley HS Chappaqua, NY The Culprits

The Famine of 1315-1317 By 1300 Europeans were farming

almost all the land they could cultivate. A population crisis developed. Climate changes in Europe produced three years of crop failures between 1315-17 because of excessive rain. As many as 15% of the peasants in some English villages died. One consequence of

starvation & poverty was susceptibility to disease. 1347: Plague Reaches Constantinople!

The Symptoms Bulbous Septicemic Form: almost 100% mortality rate.

From the Toggenburg Bible, 1411 Lancing a Buboe The Disease Cycle

Flea drinks rat blood that carries the bacteria. Bacteria multiply in fleas gut.

Human is infected! Flea bites human and regurgitates blood into human wound. Fleas gut clogged

with bacteria. Medieval Art & the Plague Medieval Art & the Plague

Bring out your dead! Medieval Art & the Plague An obsession with death.

Boccaccio in The Decameron The victims ate lunch with their friends and dinner with their ancestors. The Danse

Macabre Attempts to Stop the Plague A Doctors Robe

Leeching Attempts to Stop the Plague Flagellanti: Self-inflicted penance for our sins!

Attempts to Stop the Plague Pogroms against the Jews Jew hat

Golden Circle obligatory badge Death Triumphant !: A Major Artistic Theme

A Little Macabre A sickly season, Ditty the merchant said, The town I left was filled with dead, and everywhere these queer

red flies crawled upon the corpses eyes, eating them away. Fair make you sick, the merchant said, A Little Macabre

Ditty (2) I had to laugh, the merchant said, The doctors purged, and dosed, and bled;

And proved through solemn disputation The cause lay in some constellation. Then they began to die. First they sneezed, the A Little Macabre

I cameDitty away, (3) the merchant said, You cant do business with the dead. So Ive come here to ply my

trade. Youll find this to be a fine And then he brocade sneezed.! The

Mortality Rate35% 70% 25,000,000 dead !!! What were the

political, economic, and social effects

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