When the Black Death was the scourge of Europe it really lived up to it’s name. Between 1346 and 1353 it is believed to have caused the death of approximately 50 million people. This was around 60% of the population of Europe at the time. Estimates suggest that up to 200 million died during this pandemic worldwide. More pertinently perhaps is that the Black Death killed four times as many people in Europe as died during the First World War. Now that is scary!