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How did the plague affect Europe?


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September 12, 2011 8:53PM

The plague began spreading in medieval Europe in the 1300s, killing up to 300 people each day. As the plague affected everyone, regardless of social class and rank, it affected the economy by bringing all social classes closer together and blurring the previously clear lines that had distinguished between the wealthy and the poor.

In regards to religion, it ate away at the church's sense of security, as no amount of prayer and church attendance relieved the suffering of the ill and the dying; it weakened the faith of many, as God did not seem to help the devout any more than the irreligious. There was a shortage of priests as well, which forced the church to allow laymen to listen to the confessions of the dying. The plague contributed greatly to religious reform in later years.

Prior to the plague, only knights and nobles were topics for the arts and such social classes were depicted wearing fine clothing and living luxuriously. Post-plague, art became morbid and paintings such as "The Three Skeletons" with rotting corpses were commonplace.

i studied this in class the bubonic plague also the "Black Death" has a major impact on Europe! everytime when they trade they bought infected fleas to Europe. fleas got in their crops and people who ate the crops were poisoned and died. even household died because eventually ones were infected. The fleas depended on the rat for transportation so it as easy to kill people because Europe was a large city. That's really the effect