People didn't know where the plague was coming from so they started blaming the Jews for it. Because of this, the Jews were driven away from their homes and in some cases massacred. Next the population all throughout Europe was decreasing rapidly. Since the plague spread quickly, many deaths took place because of how contagious the disease was. Finally the nobles weren't meeting the demands of serfs so more and more of them left their manorial lifestyle.
Some people believed that the plague came because of the sins committed in that town or city. As a result of this belief, Flagellants emerged. This group of people would publicly whip themselves in order to receive forgiveness of their sins and prevention of the plague. Others had a different view. Many people believed that the Jews, a non-Christian people, had poisoned their water, causing the plague.
The drastic drop in population, created a dramatically increase in wages, a fall in food supplies, change in medicine, and an undetermined mindset of religion. As food prices began to drop, and the need for food supplies decreased, landowners where finding it more and more difficult to make ends meets. These effects led to an end in the once great manorial system of Europe, and adapted peasants from farmers to the urban life. Doctors treating the disease soon became infected, and killed off most physicians treating this disease. This caused an awakening in the medical field, as physicians where viewed as a failure.
The black death had affected Europe by killing ⅓ of its people within 4 years. The black death also known as the black plague had given people black boils that had oozed blood and puss. It also withheld them from keeping food down as they became overcome with fever and delirious pain. The plague had not only affected humans, it also affected cows, sheep, goats, pigs, and chickens (“Black Death”). The living conditions in Europe of the time were very harsh.
During the mid-fourteenth century, a plague hit Europe. Initially spreading through rats and subsequently fleas, it killed at least one-third of the population of Europe and continued intermittently until the 18th century. There was no known cure at the time, and the bacteria spread very quickly and would kill an infected person within two days, which led to structural public policies, religious, and medical changes in Europe. The plague had an enormous social effect, killing much of the population and encouraging new health reforms, it also had religious effects by attracting the attention of the Catholic Church, and lastly, it affected the trade around Europe, limiting the transportation of goods. As a response to the plague that took place
Feudalism was a social system during the dark ages. On the top of the feudalism triangle was the king, just below him are the lords and nobles, below them are the knights that protected the king(dom), at the bottom of the triangle were the peasants. They were the slaves on the fifes (DBQ#2, Doc 1). “For the majority of Europeans, life was hard. Serfs / Peasants were required to work the land.” (DBQ#2, Doc 2) This shows that feudalism was hard on the peasants.
In the greatest period all the other periods of persecution are combined and magnified which is why the most vivid example of the Blood of the Martyrs brings about the most dramatic growth in the church. So it was true also that during this time scores of Christians eagerly went the places of execution to declare there beliefs and receive their rewards. It was estimated that in one month 17,000 Christians were put to death over the entire Roman Empire. It was also reported that some rivers had their colors altered because of the great amount of blood poured into them. But God delivered his children after 10 years of intense persecution Diocletian abdicated his throne because of poor health and Constantine relieved the persecution when he signed the edict of toleration in 313 A.D.
By this logic, the only way to overcome the plague was to win God’s forgiveness. Some people believed that the way to do this was to purge their communities of heretics and other troublemakers–so, for example, many thousands of Jews were massacred in 1348 and 1349. (Thousands more fled to the sparsely populated regions of Eastern Europe, where they could be relatively safe from the rampaging mobs in the
Have you ever thought if you can get something good out of being sick? It sounds really strange as sickness usually causes pain in our body and that we cannot do many things as we have to recover.However in European history,the Black Death was one of the greatest catastrophes in their history but also led to Europe’s “golden age” which was the Renaissance.The Black Death was a deadly plague in the 1300’s and killed an estimated of 20-25 million people. It spread through black rats and fleas when a bacteria called Yersinia Pestis infected the black rats who also carried fleas therefore infecting both animals.These animals were supposedly brought to Europe by Italian traders who came back from trading with the Mongols unknowingly bringing unwanted pests with them.The disease’s spread was also aided by the lack of hygiene in Europe’s towns and cities at that time.During the Black Death, Europe’s insufficient medical knowledge was not able to help lessen the epidemic leading to the near-hopelessness of European’s in the
Introduction (AGG) In the Middle Ages the system called feudalism kept the life going. (BS-1)It was a give-and-get type of system that let people live an organized life. (BS-2)The manor which was a terriotical and self-sufficient unit that helped it to work. (BS-3) Farmers played a key role and also contributed to medieval life by providing food, taking care of lands. (TS) These peasants and the economic method both supported this political system.