BC: "Black Death — History.com Articles, Video, Pictures and Facts." History.com — History Made Every Day — American & World History. A&E Television Networks, LLC. Web. 28 Oct. 2011.
FC: Black Death It's to Die for | By: Cody Schultz
1: Black Death It's to Die for | By: Cody Schultz
2: Journal Entry #1: 1348, My name is Elliot. I am a lord ruling a manor in Italy and a ship came just yesterday. Every single person, including the lords and I, were down at the docks, waiting for the ships to come in. We were all excited about having more people come in for fighting and working. But our excitement soon died down. There were people, most of them dead, on the ships. They all had black lumps the size of fists on their bodies. The ones who were alive told the us that the plague was caused by fleas that had bit the black rats. The kind told us that we had to come in to the castle to talk about what to do.
3: Journal Entry #2: The other lords and I just got back from talking to the King. He told us that we have to get the beak doctors to check out the peasants so, when we did, the doctors came back telling us that the peasants had the same black spots, high fever, and other symptoms that the people on the ships had. They also said that it could be due to bad hair and that they were making potions for it and giving them out to the ones from the ships mainly. The doctors told us to stay in our houses unless we absolutely needed to come out. So now we are isolated in our manors, leaving the peasants outside in their own houses outside the manor, away from us. This is goodbye for now.
4: Journal Entry #3: It has been a week in isolation and it is time to go to the market for food since I am running out, and all of my servants have become sick with this plague. All I am hoping is for me to not become sick while out. As I walk out of the manor and towards the market, I notice that there are multiple bodies with the same black spots on them. These bodies are motionless, dead and all over the place. As I walk further into town, I keep on seeing more and more dead bodies; there are even some pits that the beak doctors have made of these bodies. This worries me terribly.
5: Journal Entry #4 I have been in contact with the people of the town all day while at the market place. I have found that I have the same symptoms: dark patches on my skin the size of baseballs, my tongue is turning a dark black, I have swollen boils on my armpits and groin. While in town I overheard that most that had the same symptoms died within three days. But I don't have the worst version of the plague. Some of the other people have totally different symptoms: gangrenous infection of lungs and throat, violent chest pain and vomiting blood, coughing, sneezing, and death came within hours. Most of the people that I saw had the spots cut open and some had no hair at all. The doctor will be coming soon. I must go now.
6: Journal Entry #5: The doctor has come and gone and he told me that the plague's effects are just starting for me. I am glad to hear that the doctor says that there is a cure. He gave me some kind of flower, a posie perhaps. This flower will help me get rid of the plague as long as I smell it every once in a while. Along with the flower, the doctor gave me some potions that are said to help me. I must take some of the potion every day and smell the flowers after I take the potion. This, I hope, will make me better.
7: Journal Entry #6: It has been a day since the doctor came and he has just left. He told me that I should keep taking the potion but to stop with the flowers; instead of having to sniff the flowers, I now have to keep them aside of me or in my pocket. Also, he cut my hair because bad hair was said to have caused the plague....Oh, before I forget to tell you. He had also cut the black spots open to release the plague from my body. I must go to sleep now. It is getting quite late.
8: Journal Entry #7: My fever keeps on increasing. It seems as if I am dead already, I have so little energy. The doctor has no way of helping me anymore. Neither the potions nor the flowers worked. I cannot take it any longer. As much as I don't want to say it, I wish to die. That is how much pain I am in. Good--bye.
9: "Black Death — History.com Articles, Video, Pictures and Facts." History.com — History Made Every Day — American & World History. A&E Television Networks, LLC. Web. 28 Oct. 2011.