AP European History DBQ The Black Death

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Medieval Europe was plagued by various social and economic problems. War, famine and disease were found all across Europe and were major contributors to the social and economic crisis that the medieval era endured. One of the biggest contributors, the Black Death, had major negative implications. Beginning to strike during the mid-fourteenth century, the disease is estimated that it killed about one third of Western Europe's population. While its negative effects were numerous throughout every class in society, the Black Death affected each social class differently. The wealthy class, the impoverished class, and the clergy class were all affected differently. The Black Death added to the problems of medieval Europe.

The Black Death affected the wealthy class less directly than other social classes. In document thirteen, Samuel Pepys writes that no one bought wigs anymore for fear of infection. Wigs were a style during this era among the rich and powerful. While this document only alludes to the loss of wigs, there were other small pleasures that the wealthy class lost. Some of these small pleasures were lost due to the fact that they were no longer available; others were lost because of the paranoia that set into peoplesâ

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