) and that’s when they realized something was wrong!
Highly contagious, the sweating sickness couldn’t be cured with medicine. It frequently spread through towns and cities as people travelled from one place to another. As it didn’t travel far (fear of where you might get it stopped many others turning up at these new locations) those who caught the fever had a better chance of survival than those whose houses were closer to them – so there was still no cure!
The disease took over England between 1348 and 1350 until it died out after six years. A mass burial pit was dug near London Bridge in order to remove all traces of this dreaded illness which caused death by exhaustion or dehydration. There is even evidence suggesting that bodies were left unburied for months on end before being buried – if only we could do such things today! The pits themselves became gravesites too where families would bury their dead close by until such time as they were able to afford a proper funeral. Many thousands died during this period, though some villages did experience more deaths because people refused treatment for fear of catching the disease; we can only imagine how dreadful life must have been back then!