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Sose Project

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  • What should we do?
  • NO I don't want to be infected
  • Approximately 20 million people or one-third of the population of Europe died due to the Black Death in the late 1340s. The plague discriminated against no one killing families, communities and villages. The huge decline in population as a result of the Black Death left areas of western Europe virtually deserted and other areas severely reduced in their numbers.
  • Towns & Villages 
  • The Black Death took the lives of many spiritual leaders and caused Christians to question the teachings of and attitudes towards the Church. Was the plague the work of God? Had Christians brought this terrible catastrophe upon themselves? Was Gods anger caused by the church knowing about all the people's sins and wrong doings? Death and dispair within the once powerful Church was now the cause of its demise within the social fabric of the community.
  • Family 
  • Help Me!
  • The tragedy of the Black Death was witnessed even further by communities when due to the huge numbers that were dying, mass ceremonies had to be held and then these people were put into mass graves. The dignity of the dead diminished as bodies were left in the streets, thrown into rivers or piled up due to the lack of suitable burial sites. People perished so rapidly and in such vast numbers that priests' couldn't keep up. By the end of the Black Death 80 million had died.
  • Agriculture
  • The abandonment of thousands of settlements and once thriving towns diminished into little more than villages. The Fertile land became wilderness areas. It was inevitable that markets closed, grain rotted and the uncared for cattle and sheep roamed until they perished. Where a whole community might cease, in the next community, there might be just a few victims. No one knew who would be chosen or inflicted but everyone knew the Plague had no boundaries.
  • Preserving the family unit was a priority, so parents seeing that if one family member contracted the disease, the rest of the household was doomed to die, meant that parents had hard decisions to make. Should they abandon an infected child for the sake of others? Likewise, how sad it was to know that the streets were full of parentless children looking for food. The social structure was distorted with too many parentless children and childless parents.
  • After the Plague, when workers requested higher wages and better working conditions, the smart Lords began to raise sheep as they didn't need as many staff to run their land as it was less labour intensive than growing crops and therefore less expensive for them. There was also a high demand for meat and woollen clothing. As incomes rose, people were able to afford to buy more fruit, vegetables and clothing.
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