Effects of the plague on the peasants in England and France

Paper instructions:
Discussion topic 8 will run from 2/15 to 2/19. Please remember to answer the topic. When responding to your student colleagues, please remember to make substantive remarks. One or two word responses will be deleted and not counted toward your grade. Your response must be related to the topic. Commenting on current events is very interesting but not related to the course, and the note will be deleted and not counted toward your grade. Commenting on how well someone else writes is very nice but not substantive, and the note will be deleted and not counted toward your grade. Of course, when responding you may compliment your colleagues. However, you have to then add your substantive response. Remember, a substantive response includes reference to at least 2 facts that appear in a colleagues posting. You can respond to a colleague’s response to a post, as well. So, in order to get full credit, you post an answer to the topic AND you make at least to responses to colleagues’ posts and/or responses. For discussion topic 8, you will need to go online and access the Internet Medieval Sourcebook. You may google this site or you can find it at http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/sbook.html. If you have any trouble accessing the material let me know right away Once at this site, you will need to look at several primary sources that will help you with this topic. Your task is use the documents to discuss the effects of the plague on the peasants in England and France. Despite the fact that both uprisings were caused by the plague, they are different. By reading the documents and taking into account the hints below, discuss why they are different. Your demonstration of understanding why the uprisings are different will be the basis of your grade. You will be reading four documents on the conditions of peasants in the Middle Ages in England and France during the Bubonic Plague epidemic. The documents deal with the effects of the plague. First, go to the Selected Sources Sections in the green panel to the left of the page. Click on England. Once in ‘England’ click on Later Medieval England and scroll down to Legal Texts. Click on and read ‘Ordinance of Laborers, 1349’ and Statute of Laborers, 1351. Go back to the green panel on the left of the page and Click on Economic Life. Once in “Economic Life” click on ‘Rural Life’ and scroll down to Peasant revolts. Click on and read ‘The Jacquerie, 1358, from Chronicles, and Peasant Uprising of 1381, in the Anonimalle Chronicle. To give you a little background on these peasant events, please read the sections in your textbook that cover the jacquerie and the English peasant revolt of 1381. The English revolt is also known as the Wat Tyler Revolt. These revolts have their roots in the plague but they occur decades after one another. Here are two ideas that will help to sort out the theme of the essay. In France in 1358, the plague had only just ended (1352). The French king at the time was locked in a war with England. The demands placed on the peasants for taxes, food, and soldiers finally pushed them over the edge. Read the jacquerie to get a sense of the frustration that the French peasants felt. The English situation was more complicated. By 1381, the rural economy had recovered. The vast number of people who died of the plague in England actually created economic opportunity for the generations that survived. In fact, the peasants had negotiated better social and economic conditions for themselves. Read the Ordinance and Statute of Laborers to get a sense of what the peasants wanted and then read the Peasant Uprising of 1381 to understand the peasants’ reaction when the king, the Church and nobility took away their hard won economic and social independence. Good luck with your discussion. Always remember to relate to one another professionally. So far, you are doing a great job. Let me know if you have anymore questions.

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