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The Peasants' Revolt (of 1381).

Another important event of the fourteenth century was the appearance in 1347 of the Black Death, a plague that swept Europe and parts of Asia and killed approximately three-quarters of the population before it subsided twenty years later. The consequences of the Black Death greatly affected feudal life. For the rural economy, it meant the end of the feudal farm system. Some peasants prospered when the loss of population resulted in more work for those who remained. However, when the government tried to limit wages and to levy excessive taxes, the result was the Peasants' Revolt of 1381. The revolt, however, failed to improve the conditions of the poor.

Originally, the coming together of the Normans and the English was due to the common worship and to the preaching of the priests in the thirteenth century and to the noble example they set of service to both the urban and peasant poor. When the priests, however, became rich, while pretending to be poor and impure of life, while pretending to be pure, the religious feeling they had stirred turned against them, and strong cries went out both on the Continent and in England for truth and purity in private life, in government, and in the Church.

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Author:McCoy, Kathleen; Harlan, Judith A.V.
Publication:English Literature to 1785
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Date:Jan 1, 1992
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