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Much of the Christian religion we see today was shaped from views developed by society at that time Various forms of religious behavior developed but were far from what we recognize today One of the most gruesome replications were the resurgence of Flagellants The Flagellants were convinced that the end of the world was at hand and the Plague was the wrath of God They traveled in organized bands bound by vows to abstain from all physical pleasures and to endure tortures and whippings for 33 days in memory of the 33 years of the life of Christ In truth most Christians did believe the cause of the Plague was Gods wrath on a wicked Man Many said they were doomed by their own wickedness There were also others who believed themselves condemned and in todays wording Partied Hard with the thought since tomorrow we die let us eat drink and be merry The Catholic Church was injured both physically and emotionally In Avignon which had been the home of the Papacy for nearly a century lost greater than half of its monks Consequently religious purity for the dying was hard to come by This was not only a result of the priests trying to fulfill their duties and becoming infected but also by those who sought to stay away When recognizing what was happening around him Pope Clement VI realized that nothing would be gained from his death and sought refuge in his chambers spending days sitting between two roaring fires on either side of him One note of consolation to the medical field was all this was done on the advice of the Papal physician He survived as well as most of the upper class did by simply having the means to do so People recognized the loss of the cleric alongside the peasant lady of the court and child It did not distinguish evil from good but took the lives of
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