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The Black Death – Plague and Middle Ages

Since the beginning of last year, we have been experiencing a pandemic with a virus as the causative agent. We are very lucky that the Sars-Cov-2 virus, in comparison to the plague of the 14th century, is not that extremely contagious and the course of the disease is not that dramatic in the majority of cases.


“In this lamentable state of the city, the venerable prestige of the divine and human laws had almost entirely fallen into decay; the ministers and executors of the same could not maintain them; for they were dead or diseased like all other men.”


The Great Plague, or “Black Death”, was a plague pandemic that swept through Europe in the 14th century with devastating consequences, killing around a third of the population.


High infectivity, various transmission routes, predominantly severe, very often fatal courses of the disease, virtually no possibilities to treat the plague.


But where did the plague come from? How was it transmitted? And how was it treated? Find out!

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0:00 Decamerone

1:09 Death after symptoms

3:06 Desintegration of structures

4:40 Cause and host

6:11 Covid and consecuences


7:28 The humoral theory

9:33 Astrology and plague mask

12:47 Rural exodus and waiting

13:39 Outro

13:54 Sources

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