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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 The plague influenced the west economically and socially. People decided to shut themselves out by locking themselves in there homes away from family, friends, etc. Changed lives dramatically for everyone not just the ones infected. The ones who were infected were sure to die. The dead accumulated in the streets so, the whole air was infected with the smell of dead bodies, of sick persons and medicine(Giovanni Boccaccio) Some felt that the wrath of God was descending upon man, and so fought the plague with prayer Funeral rites became perfunctory or stopped altogether, and work ceased being done. Social Economic What impact did the plague have on the west? As a consequence of the beginning of blurring financial distinctions, social distinctions sharpened. The fashions of the nobility became more extravagant in order to emphasize the social standing of the person wearing the clothing. The peasants became slightly more empowered, and revolted when the aristocracy attempted to resist the changes brought about by the plague.. Decameron Web(Ed: D.S.) Courie, Leonard W. The Black Death and Peasant's Revolt. New York: Wayland Publishers, 1972; Strayer, Joseph R., ed. Dictionary of the Middle Ages. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. Vol. 2. pp. 257-267. Some felt that they should obey the maxim, "Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow you may die." Faith in religion decreased after the plague, both because of the death of so many of the clergy and because of the failure of prayer to prevent sickness and death. By the late fourteenth century, western Europe had begun its economic recovery, with population levels and wealth equaling or surpassing those of the former Roman empire.(Harpercollins College Outline World History to 1648 )
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