The Black Death in 14th Century Europe<br />Carulmare “Unknown Master”, January 21, 2008 via Flickr Creative Commons Attri...
What was the Black Death?<br />Nickname for 14th century Bubonic Plague<br />Killed 25 million people<br />London: 1 of 5 ...
Causes of the Plague<br />Today:<br />Scientists have found the plague originated in  China.<br />Rats and fleas were main...
Causes Continued<br />During 14th century Europe:<br />People were in close contact.<br />Were not as hygienic as today.<b...
Causes Continued<br />The disease also:<br />Was being spread through medieval trade routes.<br />Mainly on infected sailo...
What the People Believed<br />Today we know what caused the disease.<br />But people living this time period thought very ...
Their Reasons<br />Jews<br />Christian People:<br />Believed that Jews were the cause of the plague.<br />Some Jews even c...
Their Reasons Continued<br />The Bible<br />This usually revolved around Christian beliefs.<br />According to Biblical sto...
Their Reasons Continued<br />Cats<br />People believed that cats were evil.<br />So household cats were killed.<br />This ...
Preventative Measures<br />Flower Petals<br />Belief was to carry around flower petals.<br />Scent was thought to keep pla...
Preventative Measures Continued<br />Doctors believed bad smells could drive away plague.<br />Treatments included: Dung a...
Preventative Measures Continued<br />People were also told to:<br />Be happy and avoid bad thoughts.<br />Drink “good” win...
Preventative Measures Continued<br />Other Measures Included:<br />Put nice smelling herbs in drinks.<br />Avoid lechery (...
Preventative Measures Continued<br />Bathing was even discouraged.<br />It was seen as a sign of vanity<br />Believed to o...
Conclusion<br />The Black Death killed millions of people.<br />History was gory.<br />Marked a turning point for the Rena...
Citations<br />Wikipedia.org: Peck, Michael S, & Prelas, Mark Antonio; “Nonproliferation Issues for Weapons of Mass Destru...
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  1. 1. The Black Death in 14th Century Europe<br />Carulmare “Unknown Master”, January 21, 2008 via Flickr Creative Commons Attribution.<br />
  2. 2. What was the Black Death?<br />Nickname for 14th century Bubonic Plague<br />Killed 25 million people<br />London: 1 of 5 residents died.<br />
  3. 3. Causes of the Plague<br />Today:<br />Scientists have found the plague originated in China.<br />Rats and fleas were main vessels.<br />Anna Kelly “Microscope Flea”, September 16, 2008 via Flickr Creative Commons Attribution<br />Michael Hodge “Unknown Rat”, July 13, 2007 via Flickr Creative Commons Attribution<br />
  4. 4. Causes Continued<br />During 14th century Europe:<br />People were in close contact.<br />Were not as hygienic as today.<br />
  5. 5. Causes Continued<br />The disease also:<br />Was being spread through medieval trade routes.<br />Mainly on infected sailors.<br />
  6. 6. What the People Believed<br />Today we know what caused the disease.<br />But people living this time period thought very differently.<br />Some reasons were: <br />Jews, Religion, and Cats.<br />
  7. 7. Their Reasons<br />Jews<br />Christian People:<br />Believed that Jews were the cause of the plague.<br />Some Jews even confessed to poisoning water wells.<br />They were sentenced to death.<br />Sharon Mollerus, “Virgin in Lament” March 11, 2009 via Flickr Creative Commons.<br />
  8. 8. Their Reasons Continued<br />The Bible<br />This usually revolved around Christian beliefs.<br />According to Biblical stories:<br />Plagues were usually sent to punish people for their sins.<br />Wrath of God.<br />
  9. 9. Their Reasons Continued<br />Cats<br />People believed that cats were evil.<br />So household cats were killed.<br />This meant that the rat population grew.<br />
  10. 10. Preventative Measures<br />Flower Petals<br />Belief was to carry around flower petals.<br />Scent was thought to keep plague away.<br />Ring around the Rosy<br />
  11. 11. Preventative Measures Continued<br />Doctors believed bad smells could drive away plague.<br />Treatments included: Dung and Urine.<br />
  12. 12. Preventative Measures Continued<br />People were also told to:<br />Be happy and avoid bad thoughts.<br />Drink “good” wine.<br />Avoid eating fruits.<br />
  13. 13. Preventative Measures Continued<br />Other Measures Included:<br />Put nice smelling herbs in drinks.<br />Avoid lechery (adultery).<br />Do not abuse the poor.<br />Maintain household according to status.<br />
  14. 14. Preventative Measures Continued<br />Bathing was even discouraged.<br />It was seen as a sign of vanity<br />Believed to open pores<br />Easier for “bad air” to enter and exit body.<br />
  15. 15. Conclusion<br />The Black Death killed millions of people.<br />History was gory.<br />Marked a turning point for the Renaissance Period.<br />
  16. 16. Citations<br />Wikipedia.org: Peck, Michael S, & Prelas, Mark Antonio; “Nonproliferation Issues for Weapons of Mass Destruction” P.6, 2005.<br />http://science.nationalgeographic.com/science/health-and-human-body/human-diseases/plague-article.html<br />www.boisestate.edu/courses/westciv/plague/04.shtml<br />www.allabouthistory.org/history-of-black-death.htm<br />http://facts.randomhistory.com/2009/06/09-black-death.html<br />

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