Tuesday, September 9, 2014
The Black Death
In class, we looked at two different short articles discussing stories of the Black Death. The Black Death was a deadly and contagios disease that swept over Europe, killing thousands of people. In 1338, when the plague started, there was no vaccine to stop the fast spreading disease that was transferred through the someone coughing on someone else or through trade between countries. The two passages, The Florentine Chronicle and The Decameron we read are about the Black Death.
The first passage we read was The Florentine Chronicle by Buonaiuti was in Florence at the time when the Black Death hit Florence in 1338. One reason why this passage isn't believable is because he was only two when it happened so might not remember it all.
di Coppo Di Stefano Buonaiuti got the information from others who remembered the Plague (because he was only two) and Boccaccio made up the plot line. Both passages discuss the horrific Black Death, but I think that The Florentine Chronicle by di Coppo Di Stefano Buonaiuti is more believable than Decameron by Boccaccio.