The Black Plague effect Europe

Susana Walters

How it ALL started!

"In the 1300s, Europe entered a period of turmoil that shook of medieval civilization to its foundations and paved the way for such aspects of the modern world as nation states, capitalism, and the Protestant Reformation. Such periods of transition are rarely easy to endure, and this was no exception. It was a period which saw recurring famines, outbreaks of plague, peasant and worker revolts, the rise of religious heresies, challenges to the Church's authority, and long drawn out wars, in particular the Hundred Years War between France and England. Ironically, the problems were largely the result of better farming methods."



During the early 1300's a deadly disease outbreak throughout the whole country of Europe. starting in the Middle Ages the amount of resident increased with the disease.

As it reached a challenging point with the harmful disease it started out on the farmers crops. When the crops grew, it was consumed by many buyers and sellers. Even though they had no idea what the "poisoning" was they ate it anyways.

During this phase people started to get blistered hands and skin was starting to swell up then fall completely off.

What is it?

"The Black Death in England was a bubonic plague pandemic, which reached England in 1348, and killed perhaps half the population, dying down in 1349. It was the first and most severe manifestation of the Second Pandemic, caused by the Yersinia pestis bacteria.

Originating in China, it spread west along the trade routes across Europe and arrived on the British Isles from the English province of Gascony. The plague seems to have been spread by flea-infected rats, as well as individuals who had been infected on the continent. Rats were the reservoir hosts of the Y. pestis bacteria and the Oriental rat flea was the primary vector."


Scientist conclude that this harmful disease is something not worth touching. In the early 1300's a break out started in England with a type of rat poison. As it reached across to Asia and China the virus contaminated just about 75% of the colonies food. Rats and fleas and other pesticides surrounded the area causing over half the population in Europe to either get deathly ill or die in a matter of seconds! It was a very tragic time period for many people!