what was the black death.
most historians believe was the bubonic plague.
carried by fleas on black rats
brought disease to different countries on trading ships
bubonic plague is passed to humans when an infected flea bites them and the disease enters their blood.
how people thought the black death was caused
religion- god sent them the black death as punishment for their sins.
astrology- the alignment of the planets seemed unusual
volcanoes- posionous gases from the earth's volcanoes and earthquakes carried in the air
four humours- believed that galen's theory- all diseases caused by an imbalance in the four humours
outsiders- strangers or witches had caused the disease.
how people tried to avoid catching the black death
flagellants- would whip themselves and eachother and pray to show god they were sorry and asked for his mercy
praying and fasting
clearing up rubbish in the streets
lighting a fire in the room
carrying herbs or spices
not letting unknown people enter the town
swelling of the lymph glands into buboes- large lumps filled with pus
fevers and chills
vomiting, diarrhoea and abdominal pain
praying and holding lucky charms
cutting open buboes to drain pus
holding bread against the buboes
eating cool things and taking cold baths