History books say the Bubonic Plague – the Black Death began sweeping across Asia, the Middle East and finally Europe in 1345 taking the lives of 25-million people. Middle Age scholars believed it all happened because Saturn, Jupiter and Mars all lined up in such an odd way that it affected Earth.
We know now the plague was caused by a bacteria carried by fleas that usually traveled on rats. When the rats died, the fleas jumped off to other mammals. The first sign of the plague was when people first complained of headaches, fever and chills. Their tongues often appeared a whitish color, followed by severe swelling of the lymph nodes. Finally, black and purple spots appeared on the skin and death often followed within a week.