The Black Death By Robert Gottfried Essay

1249 Words Nov 24th, 2014 5 Pages
While it would be incorrect to say that the Black Death directly lead to the Renaissance, there is outstanding evidence that it was a substantial contributor. Jean De Venette illustrates that, “in 1348 C.E., the people of France and of almost the whole world were struck by a blow other than war.” After the Black Death ended, it left the remainder of Europe’s population in complete desolation. As a result, it modified the social, religious, artistic, and political aspects of European culture. The Black Death was the splintering from Medieval life in Europe that made the birth of Renaissance attainable. Author Robert Gottfried explains that, “. . . in a recent study by the Rand Corporation, the Black Death was ranked at one of the three worst catastrophes in the history of the world.” This is no exaggeration, as it is estimated that about a third of the European population perished from it. Gottfried also notes what the Black Death exactly was: “The Black Death was the first epidemic of the second plague pandemic, a series of cyclic outbreaks of the disease which recurred until the eighteenth century.” There has been much controversy over whether the Black Death was really the bubonic plague, but these rumors have been found to be incorrect. The Black Death is thought to not have been just one strain of disease, but actually a deadly combination of three: the bubonic, pneumonic, and septicaemic plague strains. The bubonic plague is the most common form as well as the least…

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