The Black Death In Europe: The Influence Of The Renaissance

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The Black Death or bubonic plagued, swept across Europe, killing possibly a third of the population in the middle of the fourteenth century. Even though the Black Death may have not caused the Renaissance it was a large contributing factor. Survivors of the bubonic plague found themselves better off financially and socially with the same wealth spread among scarcer people and better possibility for climbing the social ladder. This was especially true in Italy, where social movement was much greater. Workers began to negotiate for better wages notwithstanding attempts by society and the church. Much like the rulers above them, this ‘new’ wealth was often was spent on display items to reinforce prestige. While some areas saw struggles between …show more content…
The printing press with movable type allowed for more ideas to be spread much faster than ever before. It also was the continual innovation that links the past as well as the present. There are really too many factors to list as to why the Renaissance is so important. But clearly at least these three have importance: the Protestant Reformation, the printing press and exploration. The printing press made it possible for having as many people will be exposed to an idea, of course is nothing like modern day advances such as the telephone, fax or computer, yet having two or three copies of something means two or three times as people can be exposed to the same idea. Europeans were leaving the continent in search of gold, goods and souls which is the third important factor to contribute to the Renaissance, travel. The world was larger than it had ever been, even Christopher Columbus is often mentioned but many came before him. During the Renaissance the wealth was often was spent on display items to emphasize reputation, money and art went hand in hand. Artists depended totally on patrons while the patrons needed money to foster artistic

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