The Black Death in Western Europe

The Black Death in Western Europe

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  • I don't feel very well..
  • Sorry sir, you are not allowed to enter Florence..
  • Let me try to help..
  • In 1348, the Black Plague made it's way into Florence by means of fleas who lived on rats. The contagious disease quickly spread to humans. 
  • I shall make the best of this..
  • Those displaying symptoms were not even allowed to enter the city, but it was too late, the plague was already spreading rapidly. 
  • Let's get out of here..
  • People started trying to practice medicine without any formal training, but it was discovered that nothing would cure the plague. 
  • Some people thought they could escape the plague by enjoying life by partying, consuming alcohol and celebrating; It is believed they thought their fate was certain and they were doomed to die anyways.
  • Others took a different approach; isolating themselves and trying to escape the plague, leaving their city and families behind, but as a result this transported the plague further.
  • As the death toll climbed, traditional burial processes changed. So many people were dying and so quickly that trenches were built and people were dumped and buried by the hundreds. 
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