The Black Plague – 10 Surprising Benefits of ‘the Black Plague’ – Great Plague’ ‘Black Death’, Bubonic Plague or simply the Plague
Let’s face it you would have been very lucky to survive the ‘Black Plague that swept through the villages, towns and cities of medieval Europe.
The Plague was actually 3 bacteria strains that combined together to cause a devastating illness that virtually nobody who caught it survived – the worst of these 3 strains was the ‘Bubonic Plague’.
Dirty, cramped and unhygienic living conditions throughout medieval Europe created a perfect breading ground for rats and the ‘Black Death’ or ‘Bubonic Plague’ was spread easily by these cramped and squalid conditions.
It was transmitted from fleas living on dead rats that jumped onto it’s human host and then bite them, transmitting the bacteria.
Pretty gross I know and then the disease was quickly passed from human to human!
Hard to believe but the Black Plague actually had many benefits for those medieval people who survived the epidemic
1) Because the ‘Black Plague’ drastically reduced the population it also weakened the Feudal system – creating a fairer society.
2) A shortage of labor ‘Peasants’ led to an improvement in working conditions and pay for those able to work.
3) The limited availability of labor led to new modern farming techniques to be developed in England.
4) Improved Farming techniques led to an increase in total agricultural produce.
5) Great tracts of land were able to recover and be reforested due to the lack of people and cultivation.
During the Period of the ‘Black Death’ perfumes were invented and introduced including Eau du Cologne, possibly due to smell of people who had not bathed
6) Regenerated and growth of many natural flora and fauna occurred over a period of time as there was less consumption.
7) The Black Death plague helped create the English and European Renaissance periods.
8) The Black Plague ultimately led to the Peasants Revolt, which improved all round conditions for peasants and lower classes.
9) Perfumes and wonderful and ‘Eau du Cologne’ was created which masked the bad smells present in villages, Towns and cities.
10) The Black death plague paved the way for the Reformation and Protestantism in England.
The devastating period of the ‘black death’ finally came to an end when is is believed a very cold snap killed off the Bacteria strains the were causing the epidemic.