With no medical knowledge and theories about the plague that we now know to have been extremely far from reality, the population of England did not know where to begin when attempting to tackle the disease. However, this didn’t stop the townspeople from testing a wide variety of potential cures in a bid to rid themselves of the fatal disease.
Cures tested included:
Medieval England was centered around religion and the church, so many of those inflicted with the disease would visit a priest rather than a doctor. To some, the Black Death was considered a punishment for their sins, and this encouraged them to resort to prayer in an attempt to cure the plague.
Strong religious beliefs also led to many people targeting and killing Jews, who were believed to have poisoned Christians. This began with the torture of a few individuals, but the desire to save themselves led to false confessions. As the plague progressed, thousands of Jews were hunted and burnt.
Towards the end of the two year period, some more sensible methods of dealing with the disease appeared, including the introduction of quarantine procedures and the cleaning of the streets.
However, these more sensible cures were certainly not widespread, and the plague eventually ended without intervention. It is believed that those who survived were simply immune from the sickness.
See also: The Black Death
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