how did black death transformed Europe

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How did the Black Death transform Europe? The Black Death was one of the most devastating diseases in human history. In October 1347 twelve Genoese ships came to the Sicilian port of Messina. In the following three hundred years, one-third of the European population had died due to the Black Death changing Europe significantly. Europe transformed in aspects of economy, society and religion. Massive death caused Landlords to have trouble both in finding enough manpower and collecting dues. Meanwhile, peasants’ social status seemed to rise a bit and they began to demand for higher wages. The society was awfully unstable that numerous peasants rose up against their king, Richard II. Also resulted for the miserable population decline,…show more content…
They did not have to work as hard as before and stick to one master. They did not have to worry about couldn’t find a job. Just the opposite, they are working on different farms and their living standard improved, as well as their social status. This is probably the only benefit that the peasants enjoyed during the period of Black Death in regard of economy, but certainly a financial trough for Europe.
Aside from the economy, the society of Europe had become very unstable and went through some big changes. A common phenomenon along with all other widely spread disease is starvation. There was not enough manpower to harvest, so both rural and urban area suffered from food shortage, thus causing a serious inflation. For example, “in some parts of England, food prices went up by four times.” (The HLS) This put the poor in a very desperate situation. Meanwhile, the landlords didn’t show any sympathy for the peasants, they kept collecting tax and tried to lower the farmers’ salary. There was even a law published for the sake of lords’ interests. It confined peasants’ wages to the level in 1346, and prohibited peasants from going to villages other than his own master’s for “a better income” This caused a great indignation among the serfs and later lead to a revolt known as the Peasants Revolt. Thousands of peasants with their leader, Wat Tyler, marched to London to meet the king,
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