Ap European History Plague

Analyze how the Bubonic Plague put an end to the medieval culture and hastened the
development of the renaissance.
Beginning in 1347, the Bubonic Plague swept Europe, taking half the continent's population, bringing the medieval period to a culmination. The Bubonic Plague changed the economic and social order of the medieval period due to the loss of so many
lives. The medieval period was halted and a time of renaissance was upon Europe as changes in intellect, diplomacy, and economy came about.
A change in reasoning and logic began towards the end of the medieval period. This change was due to the Bubonic Plague and the secularization it caused. As the death of priests heightened, the adoption of secular things heightened, speeding the development of secularization, along with the loss of respect for religious institutions. Humanism began to come about as secular concerns resulted in the study of art and literature, making way for a renaissance.
The Bubonic Plague began changing the way countries interacted with one another. As one country was plagued with the disease, another would notice the weakening state of that plagued country, and utilize the opportunity to attack and raid. Yes, the healthy country would leave with heaps of money, but soon after, it would become plagued with the disease, and become as weak as the country it had just attacked. This cycle would continue as the disease spread throughout all of Europe, thus bringing an end to half of Europe’s population, and leading a broken continent into a renaissance.
As the plague rapidly spread throughout Europe, about half of the serfs parished. Less poverty and less labor was the result of the small number of serfs. As the amount of labor doubled for the remaining serfs, the king was forced to pay each of them double. The king did not have the finances to cover all of the serfs, so he added coins into circulation, causing rampant inflation. As the serfs caught onto the inflation, they demanded and...