Essay 2

Submitted By aurielles
Words: 300
Pages: 2

Almost half of the people in western Europe died from the bubonic plague. This disease, which killed 35 million Asians, was brought to Europe by ships coming back from China. Rats traveled on the ships. Fleas living on the blood of these infected rats transferred the disease to people. Lymph nodes swelled and burst and the skin turned a dark gray color. Medicinal care and cleanliness were lacking. Superstition ruled.

The early part of this time is called the Dark Ages

superstition is a very strong force

bubonic plague kills about half of those in western europe

ends when renaissance begins

You were born into a class of people and generally stayed in that class for your entire life. Working hard did not change your status.

Marriages were never based on love. They were arranged by the parents and often involved land issues and strategic bonds A man was the head of the household and the wife was his property — to be treated in any way he wanted.
Men were allowed to divorce their wives, but women were not allowed to divorce their husbands.

There's that (the Early Middle Ages part)... And then:
The Middle Ages was a time of low cultural output, because it was after the fall of the Roman Empire. Also- the government was decentralized (actually, there really wasn't much of it at all...) There weren't many cities either, so there wasn't much trade. ;)
I would use the term "Dark Ages" in any of your searches- you tend to get stuff…