The Plague Paragraph
By: Maddie Cognasso
The Bubonic Plague killed ½ of Europes population. It was a horrible plague that gave people bloody sores and welts. Many suffered physically and socially.“ The peasants who once tilled the fields, baked the bread, repaired the roads, swept the streets, and cleaned the homes of the rich were few and far between. Europe’s once high and mighty families found themselves practically begging peasants to come and work for them.” During this time of suffering and sorrow supply and demand was unbalanced. Feudalism made those of higher casts rethink the way they treated them of less power. Peasants were demanded more money by people who needed goods or work done. So many people died there soon was a shortage of peasants. The Black death destroyed many families around all of Europe. Following the plague we find clear sense of how society was turned upside down in England. The rulers of the kingdom reacted strongly. Laws were put into place so peasants would work no matter the plague and try and get things back to the way they were. Some peasants rebelled against the laws and didn’t work. The peasant revolt failed. In England the kings (first Edward III and then his grandson Richard II) decided to do something about the situation. Beginning in 1351, Edward III passed a series of laws meant to put the peasants back in their place. In conclusion, Feudalism was ended by the many problems caused by the black plague. Many people died of the horrific illness and many families suffered harshly.