"An epidemic hit the northeastern Chinese province of Hopei. The initial signs are from of respiratory illnesses; headache, weakness and spitting or vomiting of blood. The course of the disease is rapid; and you would die in a few days."
"There are rumors of a disease in the East, and trading routes start to close."
"12 ships from the Black Sea docked at the Sicilian port of Messina. People gathered on the docks were met with a horrifying surprise: Most sailors aboard the ships were dead, and those still alive were gravely ill and covered in black boils that oozed blood and pus."
"The Genoese traders fled, taking the plague by ship into Sicily, then the Italian mainland, whence it spread north. Black Death killed 50 million people in the 14th century, or 60% of Europe’s entire population."
"Flagellants are practitioners of an extreme form of mortification of their own flesh by whipping it with various instruments. Most notably, Flagellantism was a 14th-century movement, consisting of radicals in the Catholic Church."
"The most popular theory of how the plague ended is through the implementation of quarantines. Plague can still be found on all continents, except Oceania. There is a risk of human plague wherever the bacteria, an animal carrier and human population co-exist."