November 1347 a Genoese ship returning from the Black Sea called at Naples on its route home. It brought the "pestilence" or "great mortality" to Europe.
The disease - later called the Black Death (because of the dark patches on the skin caused by subcutaneous bleeding) was probably Bubonic Plague.
The Black Death reached England in August 1348. It first appeared in Dorset and had spread to London by November. It reached Norwich by January 1349, Dublin by the summer, and Edinburgh early in 1
thousands of people died of this deadly disease.
a sad sad time
The Black Death was one of many catastrophes to occur following an increase in population during the High Middle Ages (1000-1300). The population of Europe grew from 38 million to 74 million in this time.
The origins of the Black Death can be traced back to the Gobi Desert of Mongolia in the 1320s.
The cause of this sudden eruption of the plague is not exactly known. From the desert, it spread out in all directions.