5 thoughts on “Countdown to the Black Fever

  1. Hey Laura,

    I was just wondering if you have further evidence to confirm a connection between the natural phenomena and the black plague? How can the two be associated? Yes, the timing seems uncanny, but is that enough to substantiate a possible relationship between the3 two? What are your thoughts on the ‘extraterrestrial’ theory? Is it possible the earth somehow created or released a deadly virus when such phenomena occurred? What are your thoughts on this?

    Please keep in mind, I am not at all disagreeing with you, just seeking more insight on this. I find It is extremely fascinating.

    1. Hello! No, there’s no concrete evidence linking the two, but it’s incredibly suspicious. Most of the disasters stopped when the plague did, too. I suspect that had a lot to do with both the eras of the flagellants and the Inquisition. People had to be terrified, especially since there was no idea of germs or viruses. As far as most laypeople at the time, they genuinely believed it was the end of the world.

      Personally, I think it was a superbug that bordered the supernatural in terms of viciousness and speed. I’ve been fascinated with the Black Death for years and have read most of the old books on it. I think the weather played a role in its spread and its adaptation, but I can’t say just how significant it was.

      I think I mentioned it earlier, but we still have bubonic epidemics today in lesser developed nations. It spreads at about 15 miles per day with automobiles, trains, and airplanes. In the 14th Century, with only horse and foot traffic, it spread at about 250 miles a day. It was much, much more aggressive. Plus, it seemed to almost have a mind of its own. In Venice and Florence, they sealed up entire households (and all occupants in it) if one single person caught the plague. They would open the house days later and find survivors that the plague didn’t touch, but everyone else in the home would be dead.

      1. Laura,

        I am aware of the possibility the natural phenomena involved expedited the transportation of this “superbug” across Europe. I guess I was curious if the former played a creative role regarding the latter.

        Needless to say, a connection between the two is apparent, and we still see signs of it today in different forms. Whenever a natural disaster hits, those residing in surrounding areas exhibit symptoms associated with illness, usually life-threatening. This sort of correlation isn’t new, nor is it indigenous to the 14th century. I do agree it was more aggressive at that time because of the human mindset and the lack of knowledge and technology to prevent or address it. This is why such occurrences are seen/experienced less prevalently in the current time. The black plague and the natural phenomena that led to it provided a study for future civilizations there and abroad, so as morbid and ironic as it sounds, these phenomena ultimately served a beneficial role in human survival.


        1. Yes, I think most things I’m interested in turn out to be morbid…lol.

          I am amazed every time I read about that period that the human race not only survived, but replenished the world as they have. I am astounded that our ancestors survived that horrific era and hope it speaks about the strength we might have if we faced the same.

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