The Dead Killed 25 million people over 5 years - 1/3 of Europe’s population!
Dealing with the Dead Cities and towns lacked means to adequately deal with the number of corpses... Some of the corpses were left to rot. Some were taken to mass graves and burned. * Hoped to get rid of the disease... didn’t work
Social Consequences Many towns and cities closed their borders People left cities and towns and went to rural areas hoping to escape the disease, but it caught up with them there! Many people blamed the Jews leading to anti- Semitism
Economic Consequences Economic decline Severe labor shortages Workers demand higher wages, land owners refuse to meet these demands Peasant revolt of 1381 Feudalism collapsed Increased tension between upper & lower class
Powers of the Church changes Church power increased some people become convinced that the plague was a punishment for sin
Power of the Church changes Church power questioned Why did God let something so horrible happen? Why hadn’t peoples prayers been answered? Why did priests charge high fees for sacraments for the dead?
Primary Source Read and annotate the primary source, Description of the Plague Focus: Find evidence of the social, economic and religious effects of the Plague.