Have historians in the past tended to exaggerate the negative economic impact of plague in late medieval society?
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There is no doubt that the plague led to economic hardship in England in the mid-fourteenth century. However the plague appears to be a catalyst rather than the principal instigator of economic decline. The plague was disastrous enough, especially with the appearance of three interrelated forms during the same epidemic but coming at the time it did was just as catastrophic as the nature of the disease itself.1 The effects of the plague were made worse because of other problems inherent at the…
- Have historians in the past tended to exaggerate the negative economic impact of plague in late medieval society?
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