The Bubonic Plague greatly impacted the Nobles way of life. Because the plague was so deadly, the population was greatly decreased. When the plague hit, nobles fled to their country estates to await the end of the sickness. Because they could cut themselves off from other people, lords and ladies tended to be less effected by the Black Death. Peasants, on the other hand, lived in small, dirty, and crowded homes. The rats and fleas that thrived in these dirty conditions spread disease much more quickly. Because of this, when nobles moved back into town, many peasants were dead. Lords needed the peasant work-force to provide food, supplies, and sustain the economy. The peasants, seeing a chance to get what they wanted, began to demand higher wages and better working conditions. The nobles were in a tight spot, they didn’t want to pay peasants better, but they also needed them to work the fields. When lords and other nobles passed laws to control peasants, they were very often ignored. Even though the plague could be considered a good thing for commoners, it wasn’t very good for powerful noblemen and women. This, along with peasant revolts, helped England on its way to the end of Feudalism and greatly impacted noble’s lifestyle.

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