Devastating Disaster

The Black Death was one of the most brutal disasters during the fourteenth century. It wiped out around one third of Europe’s population and with this decrease of people the workers’ wages and common taxes rose. With a lack of people to tend to a lord’s crops the people who were fortunate enough to survive were able to earn a higher wage. But this lasted for only a short time as the lords did not enjoy paying higher wages. A law was made for a set wage price that nobody could increase. After some time the peasants lead a revolt, not wanting to endure this treatment any longer.

The church too had a lack of spiritual clergymen. As there were few religious men left the church offices were filled with many nonreligious people.

It was very unfortunate for the western people to endure this devastating disaster.

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