The most significant social change that the Black Death brought about was that it provided increased opportunities for those who had previously been excluded from the inner workings of general society, especially women. In the early part of the fourteenth century, prior to the advent of the disease, women were in general confined...
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...ot mean that people abandoned religion altogether, it meant that society became more and more secularised, a trend that would continue for many centuries to come.
Social change during this period did not only come from below; it was also implemented from above.
Despite the significance of the Black Death as a factor behind the social change seen in fourteenth century Europe, there were other driving forces behind this. One of these was the growing levels of social upheaval brought about by inefficient and tyrannical governance by rulers. A great number of revolts occurred during this period, such as the revolts in southern France in 1378 to 1379, the Ciompi rebellion in Florence in 1378, as well as the Peasants’ Revolt in England in 1381. The latter best illustrates how this change was partially brought about by unpopular decisions made by the incumbent government.
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