Gruesome History

In Year 7 history lessons we are learning about The Black Death! This was a terrible disease in the 14th Century that afflicted, and eventually killed, up to 60% of the entire population of Europe. Between 1348 and 1350, it had spread across the whole of Great Britain. Fleas from diseased rats jumped from their dying hosts onto humans.

Symptoms were very nasty, and nobody could find a cure – but that didn’t stop people from inventing their own cures, such as rubbing a live frog and/or figs on their bodies, getting leeches to suck the ‘bad’ blood from them and many other horribly inventive, but ultimately totally useless ‘cures’. As you can imagine, Year 7s are thoroughly enjoying this gruesome topic.