The Middle Ages
Imagine having to bury your own children. How awful would that be? The Middle Ages were a brutal time that included the bubonic plague, many wars and other horrible things. This period is considered to be one of religion and the Catholic Church, but this was overshadowed by chaos and confusion. Although the Middle Ages is often known as the age of faith, a more appropriate title for the time period would be The Dark Ages because of the black death, wars and the collapse of government.
The Black Death caused intense suffering and many problems across Europe. According to the book, The Black Plague the black death started when a twenty-five year old man who skinned a sick bobcat. “A Few days after this, the rancher began to feel sick. He suffered from headaches, chills, fever, and then nausea. He threw up several times. About five days after skinning the bobcat, he noticed a swelling the size of a baseball in his left armpit and became concerned” (Page 1). The Black Death, or also known as the Bubonic Plague killed one third of the population, or 25 million people. So many people died and it became a common thing, to see another person suffering. As said by Agnolo di Tura of Siena “It seemed that almost everyone became stupefied by seeing the pain. And it is impossible for the human tongue to recount the awful truth” (doc 11). As this quote shows, many people suffered from the plague. The plague took millions of lives. As stated in the book Life During the Black Death “famines, wars, and a host of deadly diseases all took millions of lives during the 1300s but the worst single calamity to wrack this troubled century was the black death” (page. 8). As this quote shows, the black death killed far more people than anything else. The black death also caused change to the feudalistic society. Since so many workers had died due to the plague, the workers could demand better working conditions and pay. Also, after the Black death hit, the monarchs wanted it to go back to the way it was, when they had all the money. The people did not like this idea and feudalism was not used as there system anymore. As you can see the Black Death had a devastating effect on Europe, but its damaging effect was multiplied by the wars.
Wars, attacks and invasions were common during the Middle Ages. The early period had seen the fall of the Roman Empire and this must have contributed to a destabilizing effect. For example, the Turks and Arabs attacked and conquered the people living in Romania, also known as the Byzantine Empire. As stated by Pope Urban II, “They have killed and captured many, and have destroyed the churches and devastated the empire” (Doc 9). As this quote shows the Turks and Arabs completely destroyed the empire....