The Black Death arrived in Europe by sea in October 1347 when 12 Genoese trading ships docked at the Sicilian port of Messina after a long journey through the Black Sea. The people who gathered on the docks to greet the ships were met with a horrifying surprise
The plague disease, caused by Yersinia pestis, is enzootic in populations of fleas
When the Black Death struck Europe in 1347, the Church struggled to cope with the plague’s damaging consequences and its reputation suffered as a result
The plague killed everyone even the king
The Flagellants were religious followers who would whip themselves, believing that by punishing themselves they would invite God to show mercy toward them. The Flaggelants would arrive in a town and head straight for the church
Bubonic plague symptoms and signs include painful and enlarged or swollen lymph nodes, chills, headache, fever, and weakness.