Gianfranco degli Esposti - About 1347, Florence, Italy: Low-flying cigar-shaped objects at the time of the Black Plague
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
As quoted in Wonders In The Sky - Unexplained Aerial Objects From Antiquity To Modern Times - and Their Impact on Human Culture, History, and Beliefs - Jacques Vallee and Chris Aubeck
Writer Gianfranco degli Esposti mentions that "reports relating to the period of the famous Black Plague, between 1347 and the 1350, speak of strange cigar-shaped objects slowly crossing the sky, sometimes at low altitude, dispersing in their passage a disturbing mist." He attributes the Black Plague to these objects because "immediately after the appearance of these shocking events, the epidemic exploded in that area."
In Florence a huge mass of vapors appeared in the sky, coming from the north. It spread throughout the land. In the East in the same year, many animals fell from the sky. Their decomposing animal carcasses were said to make the air fetid and to cause the spread of the infamous illness that was fatal in India, Asia, and Britain. In Florence alone it killed 60,000 people.
Source: Gianfranco Degli Esposti, "Travi di fuoco e segni divini: paura nei cieli del Medioevo" (www.edicolaweb.net/ufostl6r.htm) : Lycosthenes, Prodigiorum ac ostentorum Chronicon (Basel, 1557).