Jeff LunsfordHistoryDr. HermanFebruary 15, 2007The Black DeathThe black death was a plague that swept the european population withdevastating consequences in the late 13th and 14th century. while most of thehistorical focus is on the european side of the map, Asia was affected just ashard as many of the european states. (boisestate.edu) The plague had adevastating effect on the european continent though in particular as it wasorginially brought to europe on a ship that arrived in Cyprus in the summer of 1347 and by september of 1348, it had reached England.(boisestate.edu) Thisplague had three very disticnt forms of killing or severely crippling the individual.One of the forms was the Bubonic plague, which had large "bubo's", large sacksthat could grow to the size of an gold ball or as large as an apple, filled with pussand blood, would form around the groin and armpit region of the body. This formof the disease was about 60 percent fatal and was the least fatal of the threetypes of the disease. Another form was the Pneumonic Plague which attackedthe lungs and was extremely dangerous because it was an airborn virus andcould therefore be aquired by simply breathing the virus. This form of the diseasewas extremely deadly as it killed 95 percent of its victims and killed its victims inthree to seven days. The last and most deadly form. Its name is the SepticemicPlague and it attacks the bloodstream and kills its victims overnight byoverloading the immune system, causing it to crash.This form also killed at least95 to 100 percent of its victims, and since this was a highly contagious form of the disease and killed overnight, this was by far the deadliest form of the plague.(Civilization:past and present. 398)The Black Plague also had a devastating effect on the Catholic church during itscourse in europe. The reason being is that up untill the time if the Black Plaguethe church supposedly had all the answers to the peoples problems and when noexplanation or cure was put forth by the church, many people abandoned thechurch and also, may priests abandoned there flocks. The plague brought onmany differant kinds of reactions from the people of europe, from the "Eat, Drinkand Be Merry" mindset, to the extremeist views of the Flagellants.The Flagellants were an extreme group of individuals who would everyday gather in a group and walk around whipping themelves with a three -pronged whip thateach of them carried on there person. These whips had, in the end of each one,a sharp object like a piece of glass, or needles in order to cause intense pain,possibly signifying what Jesus wen through when we was to be crucified. TheseFlagellants would do this in order to show god that they were "sorry" for whatever they had done in order to cause such a terrible plague to sweep there country.