The Fuedal update

published october 17th, 1353

The Infectious Massacre

By the year 1352, approximately 24 million people died from the Bubonic Plague; this year, 1353, approximately 1 million people have died. In Byzantine, the Black Death is spreading like wild fire throughout the gentry and the other castes. This catastrophe is reshaping the feudal system. Nobel people are dying and leaving no one to care for their manors; because of this, the serfs are taking over the lands and moving up in their classes. . The Black Death is spreading and very few people are attempting to help those infected. Most people are simply trying to rid their cities of this terrible disease.

The people who are moving up in the classes are mainly the serfs. They are moving from working the commons, or the cottage-industry to owning full sized manors. The feudal system is falling due to this change in classes, and soon there will be nothing left of it. There are no Investitures left because many people simply die from this disease and have no need for them.

Everyone is out for themselves, men are no longer being chivalrous towards women; people sending their kin away to protect themselves. The Monasticism is the only thing left to still help people. They are the ones who the burden falls upon. They have no choice but to help them, and they can’t even do much anymore. The church having the highest power over the people cannot help their own people, even the monks and the nuns are falling captive to the Black Death. Many people are taking Pilgrimages to other monasteries hoping to avoid the dark fate of their country, but no-one can be sure that they cannot get the terrible disease.

The feudal system has no place in a competition of survival of the fittest. One person stated that after “realizing what a deadly disaster had come to them, the people quickly drove the [infected] from their city.” But they were too late; everyone who came in contact with it was infected. Many people who were infected were left to wrought in their empty houses, or wherever. -Destinee Collins

The story of Martha Rolfe

Hi, my name is Martha Rolfe. I’m a peasant who works on the manors; some people call me a serf. I wake up every morning, before the sun rises, and begin my long, hard working hours. Since I am a female I do many jobs. These jobs can vary from working in the field, to making beer, and taking care of household chores. When I do household chores I usually end up cleaning, milking the cows and sheep’s, taking care of children, tending the garden and sometimes sewing clothes for the nobles. When I do this I have to be extremely cautious because of the bubonic plague. The lord, whom my husband is apprenticing, recently came in contact with the plaque. His conditions are progressing every day and soon he will eventually die. Since the land will be considered abandoned, my husband and I are planning to take over the manor. When we redeem it as our own we will be earning enough money to support the family we always wanted. -Jessica Mason

Facts:

540 A.D. - An outbreak of Plague occurs at Pelusium, Egypt.

542 A.D. - Plague reaches Constantinople.

1334 - Plague occurs in Constantinople, then spreads throughout Europe.

1345 - Plague occurs in the lower Volga River basin.

1347 - Plague again reaches Constantinople.

Fall 1347 - It reaches Alexandria, Cyprus, and Sicily.

Winter 1347 - Reaches Italy.

Jan. 1348 - Reaches France and Germany.

May 1349 - Reaches Norway.

1350 - Reaches Eastern Europe.

Sept. 1348 - The Plague reaches London.

1349 - The Plague reaches Scotland, Wales, and Ireland.

1351 - Reaches Russia.

1353 - Giovanni Boccaccio finishes writing The Decameron, a fictional narrative that opens with a description of the 1348 outbreak of Black Death in Florence, Italy.

May 1665 - The Great Plague of London begins, with 43 people dying of plague by May.

June 1665 - 6,137 people die by June.

July 1665 - 17,036 people die by July.

Aug. 1665 - 31,159 people die by August.

1666 - The Great Fire of London destroys most of the rats and fleas that carry the plague bacillus.

1679 - The plague devastates central Europe. There is a small outbreak in England – the last outbreak England will ever see.

1711 - Plague breaks out in Austria.

-Cayden Candioto

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Weather:

Weather for the month of October:

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Perfect weather to go to the commons and finish the last ploughing of wheat and rye while the woman are brewing and baking good for the cottage industry,