The Black Death was one of the most devastating
The Black Death is thought to have originated in the arid plains of
The plague created a series of religious, social, and economic upheavals, which had profound effects on the course of
The 12th-century French physician
The phrase "black death" (mors nigra) was used in 1350 by Simon de Covino or Couvin, a Belgian astronomer, who wrote the poem "On the Judgment of the Sun at a Feast of Saturn" (De judicio Solis in convivio Saturni), which attributes the plague to a conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn.
 In 1908, Gasquet claimed that use of the name atra mors for the 14th-century epidemic first appeared in a 1631 book on Danish history by