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Which groups in medieval society benefited the most from the way in which the Black...

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k-white | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 19, 2012 at 5:41 AM via web

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Which groups in medieval society benefited the most from the way in which the Black Death the altered social and economic landscape? 

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 19, 2012 at 1:06 PM (Answer #1)

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The groups that benefited the most from the changes caused by the Black Death were peasants and laborers.  These were the people who saw demand for their services grow more than any others.

Before the Black Death, Europe was overpopulated.  There was a huge pool of labor available so peasants and laborers had no leverage.  They had to remain subservient and obedient because they could always be replaced.

After the Black Death, the demand for their labor was greater than its supply.  This meant that these groups had power.  They could force employers and landholders to pay them better wages and/or give them better terms.  This enabled some to rise up the social and economic ladder.

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plshelpme | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted November 3, 2012 at 11:17 AM (Answer #2)

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Peasants and physical labourers benefitted. Due to the lack of workers, they became a sort of rarity to land owners, and were paid better wages.

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