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The Medieval Industrial Revolution covers a period in time from the tenth to fourteenth centuries The power station of the time was the water wheel There were two basic types of drive systems for the water wheel water falling from above or the current pushing against the paddles at the bottom This invention was the catalyst for many types of production from grain mills to beer making This technology was primarily used by churchmen since they had the knowledge to operate it The farmers were leased time in exchange for goods The development of towns and cities logically occurred around the power source the river or stream Since the churchmen had control of the technology acceptance was positive and trade was flourishing The Fairs were where bartering took place and exchange rates were developed due to the different countries currencies Prosperity was everywhere and the content population grew As always nature has a way of creating a balance this came in the form of a Little Ice Age Weather patterns became erratic and the grain harvests eventually failed resulting in famine A second balancing event occurred next The Plague Carried by fleas from Caffa a Genoese colony on the Black Sea The result of an ill fated battle technique of the Mongols against the Genoese Death was everywhere and the Fairs were no more By the middle of the fifteenth century the population of Europe was half what it had been a hundred years before and the common graves stretched for miles from every town and village After The Plague had ended those who were left inherited the wealth of those who succumbed to the flea especially the church In addition to forget the terrible times they had survived spending on extravagant items became the norm in all levels of society But the textile industry gave the great connection for paper by way of the loom and spinning
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