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Originally posted by SirMike
reply to post by DAZ21
Thats exaclty what happened with the black death. The transmission was only flea to human and the it made the human to human jump.
At its most basic, the problem is with those rats and fleas. For the conventional wisdom to work there have to be hosts of infected rats and they have to be moving at alarming speed - you would almost have to imagine infected rats scuttling every onward (mostly northward) delivering, as they died, loads of infected fleas. The snags with this scenario are legion. For example, there are no descriptions of dead rats lying everywhere (this is explained by suggesting that either the rats were indoors, or people were so used to dead rats that they were not worth mentioning; though if they were indoors how did they travel so fast?) It did not seem to matter whether you were a rural shepherd or cleric or a town dweller, both were infected. Yet strangely with this very infectious disease some cities across Europe were spared. Moreover, these rats must have been happy to move to cool northern areas even though bubonic plague is a disease that requires relatively warm temperatures. Then, when there are water barriers, these rats board ships to keep the momentum going
That makes no sense. Not only were countries far from overcrowded but the decimated peasant population nearly led to social revolution. Labour shortage meant that previously feaudal peasants could actually haggle their wages and move to where work was, something that was impossible before the Black Death. And that's completely ignoring the fact that germ theory was not atound until over half a millennia after the event in question.
Originally posted by Wertdagf
My first thought is biological warfare.
A kingdom with too many people using a virus or bacteria to kill their undesirables. Then just blame it on nature.