An analysis of the effects that the plague or the black death had on the economic and social life of

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Later plagues were especially violent, as noted above, in towns. Suitable climate, soil, and markets made grapes, olives, apples, pears, vegetables, hops, hemp, flax, silk, and dye—stuffs attractive alternatives to grain. All diseases spread by cross-infection between humans, on the contrary, gain increasing powers of spread with increasing density of population and cause highest mortality rates in urban centres.

This was the system of service in return for a grant of land, burdening the peasant with many obligations to his lord.

Other areas which escaped the plague were isolated in mountainous regions e.

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However, the upper class often attempted to stop these changes, initially in Western Europe, and more forcefully and successfully in Eastern Europe, by instituting sumptuary laws. Immediate hikes were sometimes more drastic. By land, the average spread was much slower: up to 2km per day along the busiest highways or roads and about 0. London: Batsford Academic and Educational, Harmondswworth, Middlesex: Penguin, London: Longman, No suitable sources for the study of mortality have been found in the Muslim countries that were ravaged. This argument does not serve for two reasons : firstly, it has never been controverted 1 W. Thus, from the introduction of plague contagion among rats in a human community it takes, on average, twenty-three days before the first person dies. A History of Business in Medieval Europe, — Hence the name bubonic plague. Not capitalistic in the sense of maximizing productivity for reinvestment of profits to enjoy yet more lucrative future returns, the medieval lord nonetheless valued stable income sufficient for aristocratic ostentation and consumption. Freedman, Paul.

Let us first of all summarize Van Werveke's argument. Cohn, Sameul K. During the plague year —49 at Fornham All Saints Suffolkthe lord paid the pre—plague rate of 3d. Thus, two northern plague fronts were opened less than two months after the disease had invaded southern Spain.

After a well-known article by Van Werveke, it has been almost generally accepted that during the first great epidemic, the Black Death ofthese regions in their main parts were saved from it. Manchester: Manchester University Press, Regional mortality in Languedoc France was forty to fifty percent while sixty to eighty percent of Tuscans Italy perished.

The cultivation of the demesne continued, though not on the pre—plague scale.

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