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Text Black Death: the effect of the plague

TLF ID M011224

This resource is about the effects of the plague, known as the Black Death, in rural England from 1348 to 1352. The resource describes deserted villages in rural England, uninhabited after the death of the population from the plague. It reports that the biggest effect of the plague was in rural areas because most people in the Middle Ages lived in the countryside. It provides details of the effect of the plague on the village of Farnham. The resource is mainly text with two images and some quotation boxes.



Educational details

Educational value
  • This resource is useful for the study of the plague in England in 1348. It addresses the Australian Curriculum: History content descriptions in year 8 referring to the effects of the plague on population and the short- and long-term effects on communities. It indicates that the high morbidity levels resulted in a sharp decline in the number of younger people in villages and in a low number of births, which in some villages took decades to reverse.
  • The resource is useful for reporting the short-term effects of the plague on villages in rural England. The information provided from manorial rolls reveals that in some villages the plague was so severe that the entire village population died. Other villages lost so many of the working population they were unable to continue with agricultural work such as planting and reaping the crops.
  • This resource is useful for the development of history skills relating to historical sources. It can be used for a classroom discussion on the type of resources historians use for the Middle Ages when literacy levels were low. It reveals the information that can be obtained from records such as manorial rolls to uncover the effects of the plague in rural England.
Year level

8

Learning area
  • History

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Contributors
  • Contributor
  • Name: Education Services Australia
  • Organization: Education Services Australia
  • Description: Data manager
  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
  • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au/
  • Copyright Holder
  • Name: British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
  • Organization: British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
  • Address: UNITED KINGDOM
  • URL: http://www.bbc.co.uk
  • Publisher
  • Name: British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
  • Organization: British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
  • Description: Publisher
  • Address: UNITED KINGDOM
  • URL: http://www.bbc.co.uk
  • Resource metadata contributed by
  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL: www.esa.edu.au
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Learning Resource Type
  • Text
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Rights
  • Resource: BBC © 2012, except where indicated otherwise. You may download, copy and communicate this material for free, and use it in digital and hardcopy format for non-commercial educational use in Australian schools and TAFE institutions, provided you retain all acknowledgements associated with the material. 'Interactive' image: © Education Services Australia Limited 2012. You may copy, communicate and adapt this image for non-commercial educational purposes provided you retain all acknowledgements associated with the image.