What is Black Death?

  • (noun): The epidemic form of bubonic plague experienced during the Middle Ages when it killed nearly half the people of western Europe.
    Synonyms: black plague

Black Death

The Black Death was one of the most devastating pandemics in human history, peaking in Europe between 1348 and 1350. Although there were several competing theories as to the etiology of the Black Death, recent analysis of DNA from victims in northern and southern Europe indicates that the pathogen responsible was the Yersinia pestis bacterium, which causes the Bubonic plague, although these were different, previously unknown ancestral variants of those identified in the 20th century.

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Black Death In Medieval Culture - In Literature
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Black Death In England
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Theories Of The Black Death - Alternative Explanations - Counter-arguments
... Historians who believe that the Black Death was indeed caused by bubonic plague have put forth several counterarguments ... offering the idea that bubonic plague was indeed the source of the Black Death, explains how archaeological research has confirmed that the black or "ship" rat was indeed present in Roman and medieval Europe ... The Black Death tapered off in the eighteenth century, and according to McCormick, a rat-based theory of transmission could explain why this occurred ...
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