An eyewitness recalls the events:
"Realizing what a deadly disaster
had come to them, the people quickly drove the Italians from their city. But the disease remained, and soon death was everywhere.
Fathers abandoned their sick sons. Lawyers refused to come and make out wills for the dying. Friars and nuns were left to
care for the sick, and monasteries and convents were soon deserted, as they were stricken, too. Bodies were left in empty
houses, and there was no one to give them a Christian burial."