The Canterbury Tales

what effect did the black death have on life in the middle ages

in the canterbury tales the prolouge

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Well, the Plague pretty much wiped out half of England. You can imagine the paranoia, isolation and religious hysteria that went on. The Pilgrims were not trying to escape the plague; they were just on a pilgrimage to Canterbury. After the Black Death, many Europeans began to question the authority of the established Church. Some questioned the institution itself. Specifically they questioned the corruption and hypocracy. This is why Canterbury Tales is so heavy on the religious themes of piety and corruption (ex Pardoner's Tale) Chaucer's childhood was during the plague era which I would think affected his tale as well.

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