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The Black Death
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The Black Death

1347 - 1351

Canutillo HS El Paso, TX.Slide2

The CulpritsSlide3

The Famine of 1315-1317

By 1300 Europeans were farming almost all the land they could cultivate.

A population crisis developed.

Climate changes in Europe produced three years of crop failures between 1315-17 because of excessive rain.

As many as 15% of the peasants in some English villages died.

One consequence of

starvation & poverty

was susceptibility to


1347: Plague Reaches Constantinople!Slide5

The Symptoms


Septicemic Form:

almost 100% mortality rate.Slide6

From the

Toggenburg Bible, 1411Slide7

Lancing a BuboeSlide8

The Disease Cycle

Flea drinks rat blood that carries the


Flea’s gut clogged

with bacteria.


multiply in

flea’s gut.

Flea bites human and

regurgitates blood

into human wound.

Human is infected!Slide9

Medieval Art & the PlagueSlide10

Medieval Art & the Plague

Bring out your dead!Slide11

Medieval Art & the Plague

An obsession




Boccaccio in

The Decameron

The victims ate lunch with their friends and dinner with their ancestors.Slide13


Danse MacabreSlide14

Attempts to Stop the Plague

A Doctor’s Robe


Attempts to Stop the Plague


Self-inflicted “penance” for our sins!Slide17

Attempts to Stop the Plague


against the Jews

“Jew” hat

“Golden Circle” obligatory badgeSlide18

Death Triumphant !:

A Major Artistic ThemeSlide19

A Little Macabre Ditty

“A sickly season,” the merchant said,

“The town I left was filled with dead,and everywhere these queer red flies

crawled upon the corpses’ eyes,

eating them away.”

“Fair make you sick,” the merchant said,

“They crawled upon the wine and bread.

Pale priests with oil and books,

bulging eyes and crazy looks,

dropping like the flies.”Slide20

A Little Macabre Ditty (2)

“I had to laugh,” the merchant said,

“The doctors purged, and dosed, and bled;“And proved through solemn disputation

“The cause lay in some constellation.

“Then they began to die.”

“First they sneezed,”

the merchant said,

“And then they turned the brightest red,

Begged for water, then fell back.

With bulging eyes and face turned black,

they waited for the flies.”Slide21

A Little Macabre Ditty (3)

“I came away,” the merchant said,

“You can’t do business with the dead.“So I’ve come here to ply my trade.

“You’ll find this to be a fine brocade…”

And then he


The Mortality Rate

35% - 70%25,000,000 dead !!!Slide23

What were thepolitical,

economic,and social effectsof the Black Death??

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