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  • Feudal System
  • Weakening of the church
  • AMEN
  • Political Gains
  • BANK
  • The feudal system was doomed with the breakdown of society. As the hierarchy relied on the serfs so much, when they died, because they provided for the Knights who provided for the Barons who provided for the Kings, the pyramid of power broke down. With labour shortages, those who survived were able to command higher wages. Lord's who used their land to create wealth were losing this wealth as more people died.
  • Political uprising was a major consequence of the Black Death. The Church originally had complete control. The Pope led both the Church and the government and was more powerful than the kings. As people realised that praying and making amends for their sins did not stop the Plague, especially as many Bishops lost their lives as well. These factors brought about the political and social demise of this once powerful body.
  • The levying of taxes on the people had to be stopped. With Parliament levying three poll taxes in four years, this triggered the Peasant's Revolt. This was not successful initially, however the long-term wins for the peasants included Parliament stopping trying to control what wages that the landholders paid to the workers, a poll tax was never raised again, the number of "free men" increased and the feudal system was finally dismantled.
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