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Outline Thesis Several aspects to the plague that reveal its severity are the cause of the plague its social and religious effects and its influence over the population I There have been many disputes over what caused the Black Death AOn October of 1347 a Genoese fleet brought the sickness into the harbor in North Sicily 1Sickness brought by the rats and fleas aboard the ship 2The infested ship rat called the black ship rat was carried in the baggage of merchants traveling all over the Mediterranean 3Within six months of docking half of the region had fled the country or died BDoctors at the University of Paris claimed that on March 20 1345 a conjunction of three higher planets Saturn Jupiter and Mars caused a corruption of the surrounding air 1It made the air become poisonous and toxic 2Highly unlikely theory on the basis of astrology CScientists claimed earthquakes caused toxic fumes to come from the center of the earth 1This made contaminated air that the people breathed DThe contagious nature of the plague caused it to become the epidemic it was 1The symptom of coughing up blood caused it to spread rapidly AWhen blood was coughed up everyone on the room was susceptible to the disease BThe bacteria went airborne and infected people in close proximity II The Black Death had many different social and religious effects on the common people of Europe ASocial classes were affected differently 1The peasants suffered the most AThey lived in unsanitary conditions and had the least care BThe high death in peasants caused a decrease in workers 1There was a high demand for workers so peasants demanded higher wages 2Half of the workers on the estates of nobles died from the plague BMany people religious or not tried to take refuge in Godly practices 1They though that the Black Death was a punishment to society because they did not repent for their sins 2Some
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