Everyone around me have fallen ill. It isn't long 'till I too, will die.
1347, 12 ships form the Black Sea docked at the Sicilian port of Messina. Most sailorsaboard the ships were dead, and those still alive were gravely ill and covered in black boils that oozed blood and pus.
The sickness spread. Over the next 5 years 20 million die over Europe. People carried from their homes, carted away to dump their body.
Lancing – cutting the boilsand draining the pus, cauterising (burning) the wound. Blood-letting – drainingthe ‘bad blood’.