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The Long and Short Term Effects from the Black Death

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Ella Carroll

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Transcript of The Long and Short Term Effects from the Black Death

When the black death hit Europe, the people in the villages thought that God started the black death as a consequence for all of the sins that they have commited. Preists and abbots were aware of the sins that the villagers have committed, therefore they didn't do much about it, fleeing the area before they caught the bubonic plague.
As time went by, most people thought otherwise about the church and God, because the Churches couldn't do much about it. The villagers were against the Church and God altogether, until in the 1500's when they started believing once more. The churches lost many people, but they charged a higher price for their services, such as saying prayers for the dead. Also, during the black death, people would build their own chapels to pray to God, instead of attending church every time they would want to pray.
Effects on the Church
Social Changes
One long term effect from the black death was a line of brutal attacks towards the Jewish. Any body with a skin disease like acne or psoraiasis was thought to be a lepur, and leprosy was thought to be an outward proof of a disturbed soul. They were wiped out through Europe. This was very common in Switzerland; they were known to burn them in their houses at hundreds at a time. They even attacked when and where there was no plague, saying that they were the king's permission, giving them a reason to wipe them out pointlessley. Alot of jobs weren't accepting of Jewish people, such as goldsmithing, weaving and tailoring. Christians back then blamed the Jewish for poisoning their wells and starting the plague, using them as a scapegoat because they didn't have a sure answer as to how it started. Christians thought that the Jewish started the black death and blamed them for it, but the Jewish had the same death rate as the Christians. Alot of the people back then thought that the accusations weren't true, but not many were prepared to stand up for them. The Jewish had to wear a badge to seperate them from Christians, and laws didn't allow a Jewish person to have a Christian slaves, and Jewish people weren't allowed to sell Christians most goods.

Peasants Moving Up

In the Medieval hierarchy, peasants were at the very bottom. They didn't get much money for the jobs they did, and not many people needed the jobs they did. However, during the black death, people burnt houses containing infected, dead bodies to try and get rid of the disease, and more houses were required for the people after the black death. Therefore, the peasants moved up in the hierarchy; they got more money for the high-in-demand jobs they were required to do, such as building houses and blacksmiths. This was a long term effect, as this effect never changed back to peasants being at the bottom because people still needed work done.
The Black Death in General
When the black death hit Europe, people didn't know what to think of it, and had no idea to stop it. They thought that God had punished them, the Jewish spread it, and people on boats brought it over. They used a large variety of potent concoctions and plants to attempt to ward the death off, but nothing seemed to work. Posies, soap, vinegar and whipping yourself were just some of the 'cures' and 'repellants' from the plague. There are three types of plagues; bubonic plague, pneumonic plague, and the septicemic plague. The bubonic plague's symptoms include nausea, vomiting, aching joints and feeling tired in general. The pneumonic plague was the most common, with blood tinged saliva, fever and coughing. The septicemic plague has dark purple patches all over the body.
by Ella Carroll
The Long and Short Term Effects from the Black Death
Population Decrease
One long term effect was the population decrease. Once populated villages and towns were left to rubble and ruins after the black death hit. Large, working expanses of land were left to deserted wilderness, crops were left to rot in the ground, and cattle were left to roam around until they perished. Before the plague, people were paid small amounts, and prices were high. After the black plague, however, this situation reversed. Survivors were paid quite a bit of money for working on the land for the king, and rural prices deflated. 1351 came, and the goverment attempted to introduce a new law; for workers to have a limit on how much money they demand, but was unsuccessful. Peasants bloomed with not only an increase of pay, but the choice of jobs that was ahead of them. Both men and women didn't feel tied to working for the Lord of the manor in fear of not finding another job, but instead went out to seek other employment options. Any landlord who was not prepared to make a deal with the peasants was left; the peasants would have found a kinder master.
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