Peasants During the Bubonic Plague

Hana Hafford

The Bubonic Plague affected all the people in medieval Europe during the middle and helped with the decline of feudalism, like the peasants who gained some power because of the bubonic plague and lost it later on when they lost the war because of the laws.

Europes once high and mighty families found themselves practically begging peasants to come work for them.For the the first time ever the peasants knew they had an advantage. After so many people died there were fewer peasants, peasants went to work for wealthier families or demanded more money from their job. The peasants got more money and better conditions in which they bought more things for their homes and families. In 1351 Edward III passed a law that said peasants had to go back to the old days of life, but all peasants ignored that and moved away.

The Wat Tyler rebellion break out in England in 1381. The immediate causes war same as those of the Jacquerie: high war taxes, a recent outbreak of plague, and resulting agricultural crisis. Now that the peasants had some power everyone else was not happy especially Edwards grandson Richard II. In 1377 Richard passed a law saying the peasants had to pay taxes, but it was not fair since everyone else had different amount to pay. Wat Tyler was the peasants leader for the war, the peasants went around in groups and burned down castles and killed some of their masters.After the death of Wat Tyler the peasants got defeated and had to go back to the old way of life with feudalism but one of the results of the bubonic plague was their wages did rise, but the taxes did not change.

Lots of people were affected because of the Bubonic plague. When it was over the peasants were doing great with some power and more money, but later on as you read in my paragraph they lost all that power and it was back to the ways of feudalism.