The Mystery of The Black Death

56 minutes 8.1/10 based on 30 votes

Shattering the myths surrounding the most lethal disease in the western world. For years it has been believed that the Black Death, which swept through Europe in the Middle Ages, was Bubonic Plague. In the light of powerful new research, its identity has come under scrutiny.

This documentary examines the human impact of the Black Death and the cause and effect of Plague. Along the way, surprising evidence is revealed: historical descriptions of symptoms don’t quite match up with Plague symptoms; an examination of medieval farm buildings in villages hit by Black Death suggests there were no rats (which spread Plague), and attempts to extract traces of Plague bacteria from Black Death burial pits fail.

So if this epidemic was not Bubonic Plague, what was it? If we don’t know its identity, can we prevent its return, or cope if it strikes again?

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  • Wiz

    Very fascinating!

  • Roy

    +5 Man-points to the dude who bribed his way into a morgue and cut open the pustules of rotting infected corpses to isolate the bacteria.

    • iesika

      +5 man science points to the dude who bribed his way into a morgue and cut open the pustules of rotting infected corpses to isolate the bacteria.

      Fixed that for you.

  • chefhannibal

    Summon call PETA for all those poor rats

  • dave

    Don’t want to be picky, but what on earth was in his mind when he chose that clown jumper to do a TV appearance ?

  • Guy

    Damn, this was an eye opener. So the black death kills us whites too? I thought this was the reason why there were no blacks in Europe until modern day slavery.
    thank god aids only kills black people. at least thats what i learnt from this

    • Dude

      HAHAHAHAHHHAHAHAHAH I pissed myself laughing. What the hell dude?

    • Farquios

      What a cunt.

      • Guy

        whoa, lol, did you watch the documentary with a light heart? i was being sarcastic btw.

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