Al Jazeera has released a new documentary film that examines the world’s most infamous pandemic, the Black Death, which swept through Europe and Asia in the 16th century.
The film is titled The Plague Movie: The Black Death and explores the impact of the pandemic on the lives of the people of the Middle Ages, the plague that killed around 5 million people in Europe and more than 100 million people worldwide.
The story follows the life of a wealthy Dutch nobleman and his wife as they attempt to fend off the Black Plague.
“We’re trying to answer questions about the Black death and the origins of the plague,” said Al Jazeera Africa director and producer Joost de Vos.
“What is the origins and why did it happen?
Who was it?
Who caused it?
And how did it spread?”
The film will be released in a special three-disc edition in October.
The original Black Death pandemic was brought to Europe by a Black soldier, the Duke of Gloucester, in 1672, and the plague was first recorded in 1570.
“It was a very dramatic time,” said Vos, a medical historian and a lecturer at the University of Amsterdam.
“In the 1660s, there was a huge plague in England.
People got sick and died and then they were buried in the streets and so forth, and there was no one to go and help them.
And the Duke’s army went and brought it to the court and said, ‘Look, if you do this we’ll let you bury your dead.’
And so the Duke did.”
A plague epidemic, a plague outbreak, a pandemic.
These were the words used by the Duke, who said in his letter of the day that “a plague has been declared and we must exterminate it, as soon as possible, without delay.”
“The Black Death had to be wiped out because it was so deadly,” Vos said.
“So they went to the royal court, they sent letters to the Duke.
And they went and wrote to the duke, ‘Duke, if we don’t get rid of the Black disease now, we’ll die of it in a few years.’
And the dukedom said, you can’t get your hands on the Black plague.
The plague was not going to be eradicated.”
In the early 1680s, the Netherlands and England were on the front lines of the battle against the Black War.
The Black War, also known as the Black Age, was a plague epidemic that struck both England and the Netherlands during the 1680 to 1690s.
The disease spread rapidly, killing thousands of people across Europe and threatening the stability of both countries.
The Netherlands, like many countries at the time, took measures to eradicate the Black Disease.
A Dutch priest was sent to the Black Wall to see if he could eradicate the plague.
But the plague returned and the priest died from the disease.
“The Dutch government, which is the largest government in Europe, decided to take measures and to wipe out the plague as quickly as possible,” Votts said.
In the Netherlands, the government declared a plague amnesty, so that all of the nation’s citizens could return to their homes and resume their lives.
“If you’re not allowed to go to the country and stay in your home, you cannot get your feet wet again,” Vom told Al Jazeera.
“This is an emergency measure to protect the Dutch people from the Black war, which was really very serious.”
A few weeks after the Black Wars ended, a Dutch man was arrested and accused of killing a Black man.
The case went to trial in the Dutch court and a verdict was delivered in November 1692.
The court ruled that the man was innocent and he was not charged.
But in 1693, the court issued an edict that would soon become known as The Black Plague Act.
It banned all foreign travel and barred any Dutch from working in the country.
The Dutch government then started to ban the sale of alcohol and other products, including cheese.
“You couldn’t go out to eat or go out at night,” Vok said.
A plague plague pandemic with a strong impact on the Dutch economy.
In 1695, the Dutch government outlawed the export of cheese, because it would damage the economy.
A new law also required all foreign trade to be banned.
In 1701, the king was killed and the Dutch were in the middle of a plague pandemic.
The epidemic then swept through the Netherlands.
In 1805, the Queen of England became the first European monarch to be killed in an epidemic.
“As we know, the British government did not like the Dutch, so the British were trying to suppress the Dutch population,” Voes said.
It was the Dutch who were also responsible for the Dutch Plague Act, which banned all imported and exported goods, including wine and cheese.
It also banned the consumption of alcohol.
In addition, the law outlawed the sale and consumption of tobacco. The impact