Hello everyone, for our last post we will be creating a character to represent the infamous plague, the Black Death. There have been quite a number of plague’s in history, but we will be focusing on the Black Death, which took place in Europe in the 13th century, and we will be portraying him as a blogger on Tumblr! “The Black Death” has reappeared and would like to educate the internet about his amazing journey through Europe and the people he met!
But first, here is a brief history of the Black Death:
The Great Plague, also known as Black Death, emerged in China around the year 1334. In 1346, it travelled from China to Crimea through the silk road, which was famously used for trade between Asian and European countries. Around 1348, it spread through rats onboard ships going to the Mediterranean and Europe. The Black Plague’s peak time was from 1348-1350, during which 30-60% of the European population, which had started at 4 million people, was affected. The total world population was also reduced from around 450 million to 350 or 375 million during the 1400’s. Because this plague persistently returned throughout the next few decades, it took in around a total of 150 years for Europe to recover and make advancements.
Furthermore there were significant impacts after the Black Death. The plague had caused a lot of problems in society, especially when it came to harvesting food. Because of the shortage of men, fields were unplowed, animals were lost, and due to these food shortages, starvation became another issue. This all led to inflation, in which the price of food went up. As a result, the poor weren’t able to afford necessary products.
Another impact of the Black Plague is that because the food prices went up, peasants began to leave their villages to find better wages from lords in different villages. But as the government did not want this, in 1351 they introduced a new law called the Statute of Labourers, in which no peasant were allowed wages any higher than the wages that had been given in 1346. Peasants were also not allowed to leave the village or town they were born to. This law ended up causing an outrage among the peasants affected, and so in 1381, they all formed the Peasants Revolt.
However, there were some positive outcomes from the Black Death. At the end of the Black Death, as there was a smaller population left than before, there were more jobs available for the leftover population. On top of that, there were many more advancements in medicine because of this plague.
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Here is our reference list:
W. Naphy & A. Spicer. Stroud, The Black Death and the history of plagues 1345–1730, 2000
History.com Staff, Black Death, 2010
Dr Mike Ibeji, Black Death, 10 May 2011
Ole J. Benedictow, The Black Death: The Greatest Catastrophe Ever, 3 march 2005
No author, The Bubonic Plague of England; 1348-1350 , Fall 2012
Plague Doctor, Wikipedia
Giovanni Villani, Wikipedia
Anna of Bohemia, Wikipedia
Blanche of Lancaster, Wikipedia
Pope Pelagius II, Wikipedia
Cartoon drawings of Black Death’s personification, ©Cheang Jo-Ee, 2016
Unknown, 705847, [CC0 Public Domain]
Doktor Schnabel von Rom, By Paul Fürst (after J Columbina) (Imagery From the History of Medicine) [Public domain]
Map showing the spread of "black death" from Asia towards Europe, By The original uploader was Bunchofgrapes at English Wikipedia (Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons.) [GFDL]
An inguinal bubo on the upper thigh of a person infected with bubonic plague, U.S. Center for Disease Control [Public Domain]
Oregon Girl Diagnosed With Bubonic Plague [screenshot]
The Black Death, old, [Public domain]
The Plague (1898), Arnold Böcklin, [Public domain]