Lisahistory: The Late Middle Ages

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  • The Late Middle Ages Francesco Triani. Triumph of Death (detail). Ca. 1350.Wealthy folks fleeing the city.

  • Climate Change and Famine (c. 1300)

  • Bubonic -> Pneumonic Plague

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  • Reactions Countless times, it happened that two priests going forth with a cross to bury someone were joined by three or four biers carried behind by bearers, so that whereas the priests thought they had one corpse to bury, they found themselves with six, eight, or even more. Nor were these dead honored with tears, candles or mourners. It had come to such a pass that men who died were shown no more concern than dead goats today.

    BoccaccioThe Decameron flagellants

  • Changes in art mori

  • Decline in Church Prestige: worshippers Piety

    example: rosaryMysticism

    example: St.Catherine ofSienaHail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.The soul, who is lifted by a very great and yearning desire for the honor of God and the salvation of souls, begins by exercising herself, for a certain space of time, in the ordinary virtues, remaining in the cell of self-knowledge, in order to know better the goodness of God towards her.

  • Decline in Church Prestige: politics Captivity (Avignon Papacy) 1309-1377

    Great Schism 1377-1414Urban VI(Rome)Clement VII(Avignon)

  • Rising expections -> Peasant Revolts they gathered together without any other counsel, and without any armour saving with staves and knives, and so went to the house of a knight dwelling thereby, and brake up his house and slew the knight and the lady and all his children great and small and brent his house. And they then went to another castle, and took the knight thereof and bound him fast to a stake, and then violated his wife and his daughter before his face and then slew the lady and his daughter and all his other children, and then slew the knight by great torment and burnt and beat down the castle.

    Froissart on the Jacquerie, 1358

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