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Changing Women's Roles as a Result of the Black Plague

Summary: The great number of deaths in Europe from the Black Plague often resulted in a lack of male heirs, thus leading to the legal ability of women to inherit land and property. This new idea, teamed with the increase of women's wages due to worker shortages, led to women being able to marry younger men who were not yet able to support a family. The idea of true love and companionship in marriage also grew with this trend and is expressed in both The Canterbury Tales and Leon Battista Alberti's On the Family. As a result, women slowly became the equals to males in a relationship, paving the way for gender equality outside of marriage.
When Eve took that bite of the Forbidden Fruit, she had no idea what she had gotten women-kind into. Whether or not you believe in the story of creation, the perception of women as corrupting and sinful had shaped women's social roles in Western Society for thousands of years. Augustine was one of the first to write about the wickedness of women, and the acceptance of this doctrine is evident in the Letters of Abelard and Heloise through their disdain toward marriage. Along with mass death of the Black Plague, came an opportunity for women to change the ways in which society viewed them. The great number of deaths in Europe often resulted in the situation where no male heirs remained which led to the legal ability of women to inherit land and property. This new idea teamed with the increase of women's wages due to worker shortages...

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