The Black Death--A Time of Turmoil Research Paper

The Black Death--A Time of Turmoil
A closer look into the societal and economic aspects of the catastrophic bubonic plague within medieval Europe.
# 154099 | 961 words | 1 source | 2008 | US
Published on Jan 06, 2015 in Medical and Health (General) , History (General) , Economics (General)

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A 4 page synopsis about the bubonic plague within Europe during the 13th-14th centuries--focusing on it's economic upheaval, causes, and societal impacts along with background history pre-plague.

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"Society in the Middle Ages (13th-14th centuries) went through turbulent times. Struggle, strife, famine, and even disease plagued Europe. Turmoil broke out and revolts ensued. The main cause of these rough times was not just famine, few job offerings, low wages, etc.--it was the "Black Death."
"Before the Black Death, society and economics were already being strained, especially affairs concerning the Church. As the thirteenth century years came about, the Europeans stopped progressing as fast as they had been. The crusades were over and construction of cathedrals and such were coming to a halt. In fact, even if the construction was started on a cathedral in the thirteenth century, it was highly unlikely that it would be finished as the fourteenth century weighed down upon the Europeans. Authority figures grew in both England and France, strengthening the government system, especially as the loyalty of their subjects increased. The Church, however, is a different story.
"Religious crisis was a plague in and of itself during the fourteenth century. The King of England and the King or France both declared war on each other and to fund the war, the kings increased taxes and also taxed the Church. An uproar amongst the clergy broke out and the Pope of the time, Pope Boniface, decreed that the Church should be exempt from taxation, but both kings refused. King Edward of England refused protection for any of the clergy, thus alienating them, and King Philip of France stopped funding to Rome altogether. War continued between the Pope and the French for quite some time, and Pope Boniface also send the decree that everyone was subject to the Pope including kings. Eventually the Papacy lost the battle, ending the religious crisis of the fourteenth century. (McKay 398-399)"

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