West_Civ12 - Clarice Maia Reading Response Chapter 12: The...

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-1Clarice Maia Reading Response Chapter 12: The Crisis of the Later Middle Ages The spread of the Black Death is one of the major focal points in this chapter, along with the great famine, it greatly impacted the stability of Europe and the Mediterranean. Each of these catastrophic events ended up triggering further social and economic problems, which lined up creating a time of many tribulations. In order to combat the famine merchant ships were needed to transport grains, though they often were pirated or looted. Most ships attracted rats and the plague was able to reach across the seas. Perhaps if it had been better known what the cause for the disease was and how to prevent it, more lives could have been spared. Since cleanliness was not a priority during the time, I can’t imagine the sailors ever considered sanitizing their ships. In relation to the famine, I didn’t quite understand why there was a lack of salt to preserve food in Scandinavia and the Baltic countries. I found it interesting that the shortage of priests drove a bishop in England to
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