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Transcript of shakespeare
and is current
existence When the Black death started The black death had started to spread in the 1560's the
black death had reached London in 1563 the black death had claimed a total of 80,000 lives in England and in London alone a total of 20,000 lives were taken “1000 people died weekly in mid August, 1600 per week in September, and 1800 per week in October” (Alchin). The role of the Watchmen The roles that the Watchmen were to keep an eye on the plague house where people who were infected with the plague where sent into a 20-foot deep hole but as more people got infected they had to widen the hole due to more and more people being infected with the plague the Watchmen due to “the outbreak of the Bubonic plague (Black Death) spread. A consequence of continued outbreaks was that even old Plague Pits were re-opened.”(Alchin) The role of The Death Cart Laborers The role that the Death Cart Laborers is to get rid of the dead bodies of those who were infected with the plague and the Death Cart Laborers “were, not surprisingly, very well paid. But their gruesome job entitled them to receive a good supply of alcohol. Their jobs were clearly life-threatening and there was a high mortality rate.”(Alchin) How the Black Death arrived in England The Black Death was spread throughout England by “fleas that lived on rodents and animals, especially rats. Contrary to popular belief it was not just the people who lived in the towns who were at risk of catching the Black Death or Bubonic Plague. Elizabethan farmers and retailers of farm produce, such as animal hides, were in constant danger of contracting the Bubonic plague (Black Death) and this was a deadly consequence of their job”(Alchin). William Shakespeare and the Black Death / Bubonic Plague “William Shakespeare lived in the Elizabethan era when the bubonic plague, sometimes referred to as the Black Death, was virulent. He was known to have a terrible fear of the deadly disease and its consequences and this is hardly surprising as it touched so many areas of his life including his life as an actor at the Globe Theater. There were high mortality rates amongst Elizabethan children and this was true of the brothers and sisters of Shakespeare some of whom were struck down by the Bubonic plague (Black Death)”(Alchin) Medical Treatment of the Black Death "The main reasons for the 14th century pandemic effect and spread of the virus was the poor hygiene and the massive number of infected rodents. The Bubonic plague (Black Death) was always caught or spread from an infected animal or person and medical treatment and cure for the Bubonic plague (Black Death) was impossible "
(Alchin) Elizabethan Cure for the Black Death "For the medical treatment of different parts of the body and the varying symptoms of the disease. Elizabethan medical treatment for head pains was with sweet-smelling herbs such as rose, lavender, sage, and bay. Medical treatment for stomach pains and sickness was with wormwood, mint, and balm. Lung problems given the medical treatment of liquorice and comforter. Vinegar was widely used as a cleansing agent as it was believed that it would kill disease. Bloodletting, or cutting open the vein nearest the infected part"
(Alchin) THE END Copyright © 2005
Alchin, L.K. William Shakespeare info (the Complete Works online)
e.g. Retrieved November 16 2010 from www.william-shakespeare.info