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What was the Plague and what impacts did it have?

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Erin Bensley. What was the Plague and what impacts did it have? The Plague was a deadly disease and it had many impacts in England in 1348. The main impact was that it killed an estimated one third of England's population. Not all people thought the Black Death was such a bad thing though, for some people it did not turn out to be so bad. The survivers of the plague would have a very different life. The plague was brought to England by the black rat. The rats came on boats from Europe and brought the plague virus with them in there fur. The virus was in the fleas that were on the rats. The virus or Bacillus went from the fleas into the rats and so on, until it reached England and the black death began. Medieval England was a very dirty place, with waste often just left in the streets, this is on reason why the plague spread so easily. And of course, at this time in history people had no idea of germs, and Germ theory was not discovered until the 1800's, so people had no real idea how the disease spread. ...read more.


Pneumonic plague was 100% fatal no matter what treatment was applied, but thankfully this was rare. During the Plague people had no real idea of what was causing the plague to spread. Everything from cats and dogs to Jews and bad air was blamed for the plague. Another religious theory was that god was punishing people for there sins. Because of this people known as flagellants would parade around the streets whipping themselves for gods forgiveness. The impact of the plague could be seen throughout and even after the plague happened. And these impacts can be seen as good and bad. During the plague, in a small village called Eyam in Derbyshire, an amazing tale of bravery emerged. Eyam was one of the first places to be infected with the plague. But the people did not panic, they simply pulled together and helped each other and indeed the rest of the country. For the villagers knew that the plague, if not contained would spread quickly around the whole of Derbyshire. So they decided to cut themselves off from the rest of the country, by letting no one in the village and no one out. ...read more.


Other good things to come after the plague were that peasants enjoyed more freedom and all labour services were gone. Obviously there were negatives to come out of the plague. One being the mass loss of lives, it was estimated that one third of England was infected, most of these dying. Also the loss of money that the country experienced, with many people scared of going out and many people dead or severely ill the country's workforce was very small. There was simply not enough people to work the land, and this continued for years after the plague. Finally, reputations of once highly regarded jobs, such as doctors were now in taters. People had began to despise doctors as it seemed that they were powerless to help the ill, and this angered people. The Plague was indeed a very deadly and horrible illness for the people of medieval Britain to face. With no real idea of how it spread or how to prevent it, they had little chance of survival once they had been infected. Despite all of the negatives that can be taken out of the plague, there are still many positives that can be linked with the plague. ...read more.

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