Black Death

Fresco in the former Abbey of Saint-André-de-Lavaudieu, France, 14th century, depicting the plague personified as a woman, she "carries arrows that strike those around her, often in the neck and armpits—in other words, places where the buboes commonly appeared" (Franco Mormando, Piety and Plague: from Byzantium to the Baroque, Truman State University Press, 2007).
Rats spread plague throughout the streets of Europe. Society turned upside down—but the Renaissance lay ahead.

The Black Death