The Black Plague

: From the early fourteenth to late seventeenth century,

Europe was decimated by one of the most horrifying

pestilence's human kind has ever known(Coulton 493). The

killer's name was later to be recognized by the detrimental

consummation it had seized upon a person's life. It was

known as the Black Plague. This terrible epidemic exhausted

small towns across Europe, including the British Isles,

brutally killing an incredulous amount of people. The

disease had wiped out entire villages leaving dead bodies to

decompose within the gutters of streets and corners of

allies(Ziegler 17). Though people were introduced to the

severity of the plague, they were still mystified as to the

causes of the deadly disease. Because of this fact, a

parade of unconfirmed myths and questionable facts had

arisen concerning the sources of the abhorrent epidemic for

over five centuries(Coulton 493). In the nineteenth

century, the causes of the terrifying pestilence was

discovered and the Black Death was no longer

a conundrum. One myth, of the origin of the deadly plague

was said to be a result of medieval gas warfare. Yet

another myth, stated that the murderous disease was an

aftereffect of a great earthquake that occurred in Europe.

Scientists even believed that the epidemic was caused by

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heaps of unburned corpses left in churchyards(Beatty and

Marks 80). The last proven cause of the pestilence was

found to be a disease of rats and other related

animals(Rowling 186).

One of the myths as to the cause of the Black Plague is

quite an unusual story that was formed by peoples

unexplainable imaginations. One of the probable derivations

of the epidemic supposedly was born in a terrible war that

had occurred between the deadly waters of the Indian Ocean

and the sun(Ziegler 14). The immense waters of the

treacherous blue ocean were lifted up like a solid wall of

concrete to fight the flaming sun. As the wall stood in the

midst of the air still touching the base of the water,

dangerous vapors began to disperse from the water. The

high winds spurred the poisonous fumes spurred out in every

direction(Ziegler 14). The plague reached the nearby lands

and the epidemic began to take it's murderous route. This

myth arose from small villages as people spread rumor after

rumor from the stories they had once heard as to the

unexplainable causes of the plague. Though this tale is

entirely nonsensical, people were still mystified because of

the secrecy as to the causes that they were eager to believe

any explanation that there was to offer concerning the

deadly plague.

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Another myth, as to the beginning of the dreadful

virus, is it arose from poisonous fumes as a direct result

of earthquakes that occurred during the Medieval times. It

was stated that a horrendous amount of pressure

had been building up underneath the Earth for several

years(Ziegler 21). Poisonous gases then began to stir

amongst each other. Then terrible earthquakes had rocked

Europe and the poisonous fumes, that were once enclosed by

the several layers of earth, were now being released through

cracks into the atmosphere. This viperous cloud streamed

across Europe and killed each individual who it met(Ziegler


Next, it was stated that the epidemic was caused by

innumerable layers of unburned corpses that were left in

churchyards(Beatty and Marks 81). A man named Galen had


The infection arose from 'Inspiration of air

infected with a putrid exhalation. The beginning

of the putrescence may be a multitude of unburned corpses, as may happen in war; or the exhalations

of marshes and ponds in the summer?'(Ziegler 22).

A Dr. Crighton also supported the findings that the plague

had originated within the piles of dead corpses that were

left unburied. He stated that specific incidents that would

explain the tremendous amount of people left dead are

directly related to the tragedies that had struck

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China(Ziegler 24). He also concluded that, the probable

reason why there was such a high death rate among church

affiliated persons is the dead were buried in churchyards

where the priests and monks lived close to. The church

related people had obtained cadaveric poisoning from the

enormous amount of dead bodies and diseases that lied within

the corpses.

Finally, the real truth to the origin of the Black

Plague was found essentially to be a pestilence of rats and

other small related