The Black Plauge and its devistating effects on Europe and how the plauge spread.

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Death comes to everyone eventually. Wars, guns, cars, cancer, and diseases are all ways that many people are killed. Death can also be just a matter of old age. But none are like the Bubonic Plague known as the Black Death of the early 1330s. This single plague wiped out one third of Europe's population. Many other countries suffered from this plague as well. China was infected through Italian trading ships that came from a trip to the black sea in October of 1347. The disease was unlike any other of its time. The disease spread like wild fire though the air. Medicine back then was no where able to combat the disease. Medieval society never recovered from the plague causing a chain reaction.

Like a fire, the disease spread all around Europe and even into other countries. It spread to northern England where people there called it "The Black Death". The plague was not picky about its victims. In Avignon many of there bishops were killed. King Alfonso XI of Castile also fell prey to the plague. In 1348 the year of the Lord, Florence had a great break out of the Bubonic Plague. Those who were healthy and tried to help the sick also died. Anyone who looked after the sick died. Back in the early 1330s no physicians had ever studied this sort of disease. To the doctors there seemed to be no cure. The plague did not kill just women, men, and children. Black Death also claimed the lives of dogs, cats, chickens, oxen, donkeys, and sheep and died of the same symptoms. In one case over 5,000 sheep were found dead in a field. Victims would have a bump or area of swollen tissue under the arm. Having a fever, and spitting up...