Of more impact on the average person, was the Black Death which reduced Europe’s population by half between 1346 and 1353. But it brought advantages too. Feudalism was almost entirely wiped out as the scarcity of laborers enabled them to dictate new and better terms of employment. Port cities grew, labor saving inventions appeared and much more. One of these inventions was Gutenberg’s printing press, which revolutionized access to written information for all who could read.