The Influence Of The Black Death In Europe

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One reason the renaissance began in Europe was the Black Death, this disease eradicated most of the European population. It killed most of the people in Europe, so there were less people to do jobs or make or manage money. So, people took to making leisurely items, like paintings or inventions for money. The Black Death originated in China or Central Asia and was spread to Europe by fleas and rats that resided on ships and along the Silk Road. The Black Death killed millions in China, India, Persia (Iran), the Middle East, the Caucasus, and North Africa. From Italy, the disease spread to France, Spain, Portugal, England, Germany, Russia, and Scandinavia. The Black Death affected the whole world, because it wiped out millions of people …show more content…

rance was plunged into turmoil by the Hundred Years War (1337-1450). William the Conqueror had invaded England in 1066 and established French rule in England. With French-descended rulers on the throne of England, it was only a matter of time before someone emerged who had a claim on the throne of both countries. The problem was complicated by the fact that English monarch Henry II had married Eleanor of Aquitaine, whose holdings - much of southwestern France - passed under partial control of England. Under the complex rules of the time, however, that rule was still subject to that of the King of France. Edward III of England seems to have launched the war to gain total sovereignty over the region. At the battles of Crecy (1346) and Agincourt (1416), English commoners, armed with Welsh longbows, slaughtered French knights and Italian and Swiss mercenaries armed with more powerful but slower crossbows. The fame of these battles tends to obscure the bottom line: ultimately the French won the war. At the lowest ebb of French fortunes, the French were rallied by Joan of Arc, who was captured by the English, tried on trumped-up charges of heresy, and burned at the stake in

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