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The Black Death, or Great Plague, which wiped out a third of Europe's population is thought to have originated in Asia as bubonic plague and moved westward along the trade routes.
However, persons looking for a more general historic overview of the Black Death (how it spread and its consequences) would be advised to consider other works such as those by McNeill (1) or Cantor (2).
Dr Susan Scott,of the school of biological sciences, also claims the Black Death was not a form of bubonic plague but a virus which spread from person to person.
Cohn does not share other historians' "emotional attachment to the Black Death as modern bubonic plague" (53).
The term the Black Death wasn't used until around 500 years after the first epidemic which killed at least 75 million.
But the mortality rate in proportion to total population was obviously relatively small compared to the impact of the Black Death -- between 30 percent and 50 percent of Europe's population.
Poos published earlier his calculations of the Essex population in the later middle ages, concluding that there had been severe mortality during the agrarian crisis of 1315-17 and the Black Death, then another decline, and stagnation thereafter; at the beginning of the sixteenth century the local population was "well under one-half the level it had achieved two centuries earlier" (Econ.
We are also a bit wary because they became the unwitting vehicles for bubonic plague, also known as the Black Death, which swept across the world in the 14th century, killing as much as a third of the European population.
The great mortality; an intimate history of the Black Death, the most devastating plague of all time.
From its beginnings in central Asia to its movement across Europe, the Black Death seemed to destroy virtually any living thing it touched--and the drama and are captured in a vivid narrative which brings the facts to life in THE GREAT MORTALITY.
THE Romans called coal 'the best stone in Britain' and what we call jet was exported to Rome, causing a craze for coal necklacesp The marks of the Black Death in 1348(which killed one in three Europeans) looked like black coal erupting through the skin, with the word carbuncle deriving from the Latin word for small coal p Black umbrellas derive from the 1660s when Londoners started carrying them to protect themselves from the smutty rain falling on h empl Thomas Newcomen, a Cornish ironmonger, invented the atmospheric steam engine to pump water out of mines from 1712p In industrial cities coal smog was so bad that the average worker's life expectancy was 17 years.