Plague in the Middle Ages and the Responses

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Plague in the Middle Ages and the Responses

What Causes Plague?

  • Germ in black rat
  • Flea feeds on rat
  • Flea bites human 
  • Germ goes into human bloodstream
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Religious Beliefs 

  • God punishing people for their sins 
  • God causing unusual planet movements.
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Religious Responses to Plague 

Friends and family pray for your recovery 

Priest lights a candle fir you in church 

Confess your sins. 

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Ancient Beliefs About Cause of Plague 

  • Miasma 
  • Caught by looking a victim in the eye.
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Ancient Responses

  • Carry posies/ burn sweet smelling flowers to get rid of miasma. 
  • Burn barrels of tar to get rid of miasma 
  • Turn heads away from victims 
  • Live chickens/ toads over buboes to soften them
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Effects of Plague 

  • 500 miles in 500 days. 
  • 60% population killed (3.5 million.) 
  • Not effective cures as no one understood the cause of disease.
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Different Responses to Plague: Priests

  • Some looked after sick
  • Some scared to look after sick. 
  • Some ran from parish.
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Different Responses to Plague: King 

  • King Edward III told Mayor of London to clean the streets to stop miasma 
  • Didn't pass any laws to stop the spread of plague.
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Different Responses to Plague: Wealthy 

  • Some ran to countryside to escape miasma and find pure air. 
  • Many avoided contact with sick.
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Different Responses to Plague: Poor  

  • Trapped 
  • Shut in homes
  • Threw waste onto the streets.
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