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The Black Death and its impacts on medieval society

The Black Death happened in 1348 on the European shores, affecting 30 to 60% of Europe’s population and the countries connected to the European trade route.  It was the worst plague ever faced by any country or the state. This plague started with the flu, and then the victim felt swell beneath his armpits, which then caused the death of the victim. This disease made the people so sick and worried that the people started to kill themselves. Agnolo himself buried his family by his hand and lost his wife, too.

This plague spread so rapidly that the people could not understand its causes. The victim could just feel the flu at the start and died within two days. The plague was spreading all over Europe, and so it was causing many cultural, social, and economic issues in Europe. When this plague killed half of the population, the people started to consider that it was God’s punishment for them and the people thought that;

“God is deaf nowadays, and for our guilt, he grinds good men to dust” (Noymer, 2007)

This plague also left negative impacts on medieval society. This plague had kept this society busy with hostility, greed, confusion, abuse, remorse, and genuine caring. However, it also raised great violence between the Christians and Jews in Germany. Not only in Germany but also all over the world, the Christians started to kill thousands of Jews, and they were burned just because they were considered to be the reason for the plague (Wilson, 2012).

Due to the plague, Europe could not make its trade, which affected Europe’s economic condition in the worst way. It was also considered that the plague was spreading worldwide due to trading with Europe, affecting Europe’s economic condition. However, this was the worst disaster, faced by Europe (Dyer, 1998).

Work Cited

Dyer, C. (1998). King Death: The Black Death and its Aftermath in Late-Medieval England. The English Historical .

Noymer, A. (2007). Contesting the Cause and Severity of the Black Death: a review essay. Population and Development .

Wilson, D. W. (2012). Encyclopedia of the Black Death. Reference & User Services Quarterly .




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