The Bubonic Plague

An Account

Jan. 1, 1400

The Plague has finally reached a halt, but not before it could take the life from my beloved wife, Catherine of Valois.  It starts with a fever, sudden fever, chills, and weakness, just the symptoms of my wife. Then, swollen, red, and extremely painful growths appear in your armpits, neck, or groin area.  I did all I can to help her: buying emeralds for her to chew and bought her gallons of urine to drink.  The symptoms kept on coming: stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea,chest pain, painful breathing, and coughing up blood.  Then, she died.  My country is falling beneath my feet and there is nothing I can do about it.  My top aromatherapist is doing the best he can, but infected persons come to England by the shipload and there isn't enough time, or space to bury them.  Death is everywhere.  Even I, king of England fear for my life.    My Chief of Staff, Dericke, as well as my apprentice, my own son, Henry.   People are sick and poor, living outside the gates of my palace.

The plague has taken its toll on Western Europe.  Britain is now only a fraction of the empire it used to be.  We are experiencing difficulties involve uncertainty about the size of the total population, and the proportion of the contaminated and dead population. Some accounts inflate the death tolls, stating numbers as high as 90%. Those of us with real numbers estimate from around 25% to over 60% of the total population.  Post 1340 we have recorded over 3,750,000 deaths.  The Black Death is one of the has made these last five years some of the hardest in Britain's history.

Throughout our informational voyages we've discovered the epicenter of the disease, it originated in the arid plains of central Asia, where it then traveled along the Silk Road, with cases in Crimea by 1346. With our final calculations, the plague has reduced the world population from an estimated 450 million down to 350 million in the 14th century.

I, the king, want nothing more for my country other than for it to succeed.  It seems as though the plague has gone, I fear for it come back and wipe out my entire population.  I fear for my life.


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