The Decline of Feudalism by the Bubonic Plague

The Decline of Feudalism by the Bubonic Plague

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  • Why can't life be better?
  • I hate this!
  • AHHHH!
  • Need to bite someone.
  • Their all DYING! AHHH!
  • Peasants were the lowest class on the social pyramid. They were very poor and had no rights until the bubonic plague happen. The bubonic plague was a deadly disease that resulted in the lost of human population in Asia, Europe and China. No one was safe from the bubonic plague.
  • Oh no! There are too many of them!
  • The disease spread from small animals all the way to humans. The fleas would bite small  and big animals, as well as humans and infect them with the plague.  Their environment was not the best, it was common to see the rats covered with fleas and the streets filled with trash and dead animals. Their lack of hygiene was another reason the plague spread faster.  Some people would go months with out a shower or clean clothes.
  • Never!
  • Fine then we won't work here anymore!
  • The bubonic plague during 1200 and beginning of the 14th century affected many people and gave them symptoms like fever, vomiting, fierce coughing, and sneezing fits. The doctors were not helpful they caused more harm than actual help. People were getting black and blue blotches on their skin and  dying quickly that the plague was known as "The Black Death". A lot pf people were dying that there were no more graves for them.
  • Go get them guards!
  • We can beat them!
  • The peasant remaining that did not die from the plague were healthy, strong and smart. They demanded more rights and money since they would have to work twice as hard. The plague was a scary time for everyone because no one knew what caused the plague. However, it was also a movement of power from the nobles to the common people. The peasants/serfs were happy to gain power that some left their feudal lords for better future.
  • The bubonic plague contribute to the decline of the feudal system because it shifted power from the nobles to the common people putting everyone in the same rank.  The peasants now had the opportunity to seek opportunities elsewhere. When  the nobles tried to maintain control of the power or try to return to the way things were before the plague many peasant rebellions broke out.  
  • The nobles had to accept that the power for feudal lords was weakening.  The peasants were able to maintain their powers through peasant revolts, empowering their children, and seeking better opportunities. The bubonic plague resulted in lots of life lost due to the plague and revolts which impacted  both children of the peasant and nobles.   
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