Title

Pestilence and Progress: The Lives of Medieval Women in the Aftermath of the Black Death

Date

5-28-2015 1:20 PM

End Time

28-5-2015 1:35 PM

Location

Natural Sciences (NS) 103

Department

History

Session Chair

John L. Rector

Session Title

History Senior Seminar Presentations

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Elizabeth Swedo

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

In July of 1348 a great pestilence swept through the streets of London. It accounted for the deaths of millions of individuals, and took two thirds of the souls who lived and worked all over the European continent. This was the Black Death or Plague, and unbeknownst to medieval society, it changed the face of Europe forever. This paper discusses medieval family, economy, and society; and serves to analyze English women’s lives directly before and after the Black Death to discern what socioeconomic changes and opportunities were presented to them in the aftermath of the Plague.

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Pestilence and Progress: The Lives of Medieval Women in the Aftermath of the Black Death

Natural Sciences (NS) 103

In July of 1348 a great pestilence swept through the streets of London. It accounted for the deaths of millions of individuals, and took two thirds of the souls who lived and worked all over the European continent. This was the Black Death or Plague, and unbeknownst to medieval society, it changed the face of Europe forever. This paper discusses medieval family, economy, and society; and serves to analyze English women’s lives directly before and after the Black Death to discern what socioeconomic changes and opportunities were presented to them in the aftermath of the Plague.