The English government handled the crisis well, and the country did not experience the extreme reactions that were seen elsewhere in Europe.
The most immediate consequence was a halt to the campaigns of the Hundred Years' War.
A study reported in 2011 of skeletons exhumed from the "Black Death" cemetery in East Smithfield London found Yersina Pestis DNA.
Less than two months before the Battle of Neville's Cross, a numerically inferior English army led by the king himself won a spectacular victory over the French royal forces at the Battle of Crécy.
A different strain of the disease is pneumonic plague, where the bacteria become airborne and enter directly into the patient's lungs.
This strain is far more virulent, as it spreads directly from person to person.
Flea bites carry the disease into the lymphatic system, through which it makes its way to the lymph nodes.
Here the bacteria multiply and form swellings called buboes, from which the term bubonic plague is derived.