The Decline of Feudalism by the Bubonic Plague

The Decline of Feudalism by the Bubonic Plague

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  • I haven't showered in 3 months!
  • This place is filled with trash!
  • I've forgotten how long I've been wearing this dress for!
  • The main character Sofia, her brother Piero, and their grandmother Louise are commoners living in Europe and in the time period where the Bubonic Plague has struck again. Around them are fleas carrying the virus, poor living conditions, bad hygiene, and a chance of catching the deadly disease too.
  • What did they do to deserve this?!
  • The Bubonic Plague, more commonly known as the "Black Death" was a deadly pandemic that took a toll on the European and Asian population. It originated from Central Asia, maybe even China and spread throughout China, India, the Near East, and Europe. The first strike of the disease was to Europe from 1347 to 1351, returning about every decade into the 15th century.
  • But I need that item so bad!
  • The disease was spread through fleas that fed on the blood of the infected rodents, such as rats. Fleas would then jump onto other animals and people when the rats would die. As the Europeans have equipped bad hygienic practices and lived in dirty environments, the disease was spread quickly.
  • If there were more people, we could get the job done faster!
  • We don't get paid enough for this!
  • It has been estimated that 24 million Europeans died as a result of dying from the plague. Symptoms of the pandemic consisted of fever, vomiting, fierce coughing, sneezing fits, and egg-sized bumps. Blue and black blotches appeared on the skin, earning the disease the nickname, "Black Death". As people were clueless as to how the spreading arose, they falsely blamed the plague from the positions of the planets to lepers and Jews. Throughout the plague, many German cities ordered Jews to be exiled.
  • With about a third of the European population gone, people sped up changes in Europe's economic and social structure. Trade as well as commerce slowed down, to almost a halt. Rebuilding the economical power was a challenge and wouldn't be built in the same way, with feudal lords holding most of the power.
  • At the end of the plague, there was a shift in power from nobles to the commoners. With the need of workers due to the small population, workers demanded more money along with more rights. Many serfs had abandoned feudal manors and moved to other places, resulting in a weakening of the manor system and a loss of power for the feudal lords. In addition, many peasant rebellions broke out after the pandemic.
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