Introduction to the black death.
_The Black Death peaked in 1348 and 1350 and was one of the most devastating pandemics in medieval history.
It started as a virus from rats in the medieval areas. It was thought to have started around Central Asia or China and spread across the Silk Road, a medieval trading route. The plague was carried out by the rats living aboard merchant ships and passing the virus around. The cure they tried to use was carrying around herbs and flowers. They thought that by carrying these around that the smell would stop that plague. Another cure they tried to use was burning pine and lemon leaves. Because of these cures not working, the plague killed off 30-50% of Europe's total population.
The Black Death also had social effects on the community. Becuase the plague had not been stopped, people began questioning the church. By the plague not stopping, the people of Europe wondered why god had not answered their prayers.