Death And Disaster In The 14th Century

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Essay 1: Death and Disaster Three events that took place in the fourteenth century and caused it to be described as “calamitous” are The Hundred Years War, The Black Death, and The Little Ice Age. Calamitous is defined as disastrous or catastrophic. These events are what caused the fourteenth century to be described as a bad time period, without the events, I believe, that the fourteenth century would not have been a disaster. The Hundred Years War took place between France and England between the years 1337 and 1453, which is ironically one hundred and sixteen years. The war was fought over a couple issues, which include, an English King wanting to claim the French throne and also because the French king Phillip VI wanted to own territories…show more content…
This affected more than just Europe, it really hurt countries in the Middle East and China. The Black Death was spread by the Mongols and passed into Europe through black rats and fleas. Ships were known to arrive in Europe with many dead bodies and only rats living. Symptoms of the Black Death included puss filled abscesses that ended up turning your whole body black. It is believed that after receiving symptoms of the deadly disease people would only survive a few days. It was feared that the entire population would be wiped out by this devastating plague. People of this age believed the plague had meaning and was related to God, there were different perceptions of why the Bubonic plague happened, although some believed God caused it, others strongly believed that it was not possible for God to commit an act that would cause so many issues to the world and its society. The population that survived the Black Death were traumatized by the events and also affected negatively economically. An effect of the plague was a shortage of labor which caused a shortage of supply and increase in demand of workers and laborers. The whole of Europe had changed because of this event and things such as revolts. Protests, and up rise started to occur in cities all over Europe. The Black Death changed the attitudes and thinking of the people of Europe…show more content…
Although disastrous events may still have taken place I do not believe that it would have been “calamitous.” The Hundred Years War played a huge role, the war lasted for a very long time, causing a lot of damage, interruption to daily life, and disruption to society as a whole. The little Ice age was a complete disaster, simply because people couldn’t eat. With these events happening at around the same time period I am sure the people of Europe were dreading whatever could happen next. The biggest factor and influence of the fourteenth century being so disastrous was the Bubonic plague because half of the people in the continent died, and nobody could understand why. This caused many issues socially, economically, and politically. I believe each event follows a hastening trend that by the end of the century gives it the perfect nickname of calamitous. The fourteenth century was a disaster simply due to a combination of multiple tragic and catastrophic events that took many lives, passed disease, caused hunger, triggered war, and ended

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