The Black Death

Events

The plague was released in Central Asia

3/1346

An earthquake in central Asia released the plague bacillus. The area was under the control of the Mongol Khanate.

The Plague started to spread

10/1346

An outbreak of plague killed large numbers of Mongol troops that were besieging the port of Kaffa. The leader of the troops, Kipchak Khan catapulted dead bodies over the city walls.

The escape from Kaffa

3/1347

Plague reached Constantinople, Turkey.

5/1347

The plague reached the port of Messina, Sicily

10/1347

The plague reached the port of Messina, Sicily. It had been carried from the East by trading ships. Boccaccio described the symptoms “The first signs of the plague were lumps in the groin or armpits. After this, livid black spots appeared on the arms and thighs and other parts of the body. Almost all died within three days”. The plague became known as The Black Death.

The plague reached Venice and Genoa.

11/1347

The daughter of Edward III of England died of the plague.

2/9/1348

The plague reached the French port of Marseilles.

March 1348

The plague reached the Spanish port of Coruna

April 1348

The plague reached the Spanish port of Coruna, probably carried on a ship from Bordeaux.

The plague reached Weymouth in the south of England and Bristol in the West

4/1348

Around forty Jews were massacred in Toulon, France.

4/1348

People believed that the Jews had caused the plague by poisoning the wells.

The Black Death reached London.

August, 1348

The plague reached Oslo, Norway.

10/1348

the Flagellants attempted to rid Europe of the Black Death

1349

A religious group called the Flagellants attempted to rid Europe of the Black Death by touring the continent whipping themselves as atonement for people’s sins. They believed that the disease was a punishment from God for people’s sinfulness.

In London, 200 people were dying every day.

Feb 1349

The plague reached Wales and the north of England.

3/1349

The plague spread throughout Norway.

June 1349

The plague reached southern Germany.

July 1349

The plague reached Prussia (modern day Poland)

8/1349

Probably brought on a ship from Norway.

The plague reached Denmark and Sweden.

8/1349

The plague reached Scotland.

1350

The plague reached northern Germany.

3/1350

The Black Death reached the Russian town of Pskov

12/1351

The plague reached Novgorod, Russia.

March 1352

The plague reached Moscow.

1353

Plague largely died out

1354