What immediate impact did the Black Death have on the economy and society of Europe in the years the plague ravaged Europe

Boccaccio on the Black Death at:

 http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/source/boccacio2.asp

Using Boccaccio and the Spielvogel text, write an essay of 4-5 pages answering the following questions:

  • What immediate impact did the Black Death have on the economy and society of Europe in the years the plague ravaged Europe?
  • What aspects of the plague as described in this eye-witness account do you find most striking?
  • What evidence does Boccaccio provide on the collapse of Italian urban civilization as it was structured before the plague?
  • What were some of the larger and longer term political, economic, and social consequences of the Black Death?