The Impact Of The Black Death In The Middle Ages

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The Middle Ages are one of history's most mysterious times which is why it has been nicknamed the Dark Ages by historians since historians do not know much about this time. One of the Infamous events that happened during the Middle Ages was the black death. The black death was one of Europe’s most tragic disasters recorded in history. The black death lasted for about three years from 1347 to the early 1400s
Though the plague faded away from Europe it still exists to this day and doctors and specialists have not found any cure for the plague. The plague was brought into Europe after merchants returned home from international lands which brought infected Asian rats with fleas to Europe. Historians believe that the black death killed 30%-60% of
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Peasants were quite poor before the plague since they were not paid as much until the plague happened. Peasants usually got raises since most of them kept dying and it was starting to be really hard to find a peasant that would not die of the plague. This lead more peasants to have more money. A quote from Matteo Villani, a historian from Florence, Italy. The quote is about how the price doubled or more for everything that you bought during and after the plague. This definitely affected the the people since business flourished while the wealthy lords and nobles lost money. A law that King Edward III made in 1351 after the black plague, was that peasants could not make any more than they did before the outbreak. This lead peasant to become much poorer and start uprise later on, and this made the lords and nobles happy because they did not have to spend that much money on the staff. King Edward made this law because he realized the peasants were making money and the wealthy were losing money which he did not like. A 14th-century record of the Savarnak House in England shows peasant wages before and after the black death. The records show from the year 1300 where they got paid 1.5d to 1361 when they got paid 3d. Their price doubled in the just of span of 60 …show more content…
These peasants were called Jacquerie meaning uprising or revolt in French since most of the attacks were at France. A speech by John Ball a priest who protested against on how the wealthy treated the poor, inspired many peasants in 1381 that the way the rich were poor were and this made them feel as if they were being used and started to revolt against the rich later that year at the end of May. A paragraph from Jean Froissart chronicles was about how the nobles destroyed a peasants village were slaughtered and tortured including the women and children, this made the villagers enraged and they fought harder towards the wealthy lords and nobles as revenge for slaughtering one of their

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