The Black Plague

"The Great Plague"


  • Painful Swellings(know as buboes)
  • High Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Muscular Pains
  • Bleeding in the lungs
  • mental disorientation
  • Intense desire to sleep


  • Vinegar was used as a cleansing agent because it was believed that it would kill the disease.
  • Bloodletting was the most common way of treating the disease.
  • The blood that exited was black, vile and thick and said to have a greenish scum mixed in.
  • Cutting open the buboes and applying warm poultice butter, onion and garlic was also another treatment.
Lung Problems
Relieved with:
  • Liquorice
  • Comfrey
Sickness or Nausea
Relived by:
  • Wormwood
  • Mint
  • Balm
Relieved by:
  • Rose
  • Lavender
  • Sage
  • Bay
  • Various combinations of herbs were given to relive the symptoms.

Other Signs of the Plague

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Effects of "The Great Plague"

  • Prices and Wages rose
  • Great value of labor
  • Farming land was given over to pasturing
  • Boost in cloth and wool industry
  • Peasants moved from the country into towns
  • Decline of the Feudal System
  • Decline of the power and influence of the church
  • English reformation

Reason for this flyer

This flyer was made for an English project