The Black Death: A Personal History

The Black Death: A Personal History

by John Hatcher
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0306817926

ISBN-13: 9780306817922

Pub. Date: 06/09/2009

Publisher: Da Capo Press

In this fresh approach to the history of the Black Death, John Hatcher, a world-renowned scholar of the Middle Ages, recreates everyday life in a mid-fourteenth century rural English village. By focusing on the experiences of ordinary villagers as they lived—and died—during the Black Death (1345–50 AD), Hatcher vividly places the reader directly into

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In this fresh approach to the history of the Black Death, John Hatcher, a world-renowned scholar of the Middle Ages, recreates everyday life in a mid-fourteenth century rural English village. By focusing on the experiences of ordinary villagers as they lived—and died—during the Black Death (1345–50 AD), Hatcher vividly places the reader directly into those tumultuous years and describes in fascinating detail the day-to-day existence of people struggling with the tragic effects of the plague. Dramatic scenes portray how contemporaries must have experienced and thought about the momentous events—and how they tried to make sense of it all.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780306817922
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
06/09/2009
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
329,004
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface The Nature of This Book ix

Introduction Walsham in the Middle Ages 1

1 Master John 13

2 Late Summer, 1345 21

3 Autumn 1345 to Winter 1347 35

4 Christmas and New Year, 1347-1348 53

5 Spring and Early Summer, 1348 63

6 Midsummer and Autumn, 1348 81

7 Autumn and Winter, 1348 101

8 New Year, 1349 119

9 Lent and Easter, 1349 135

10 Mid-April to Early May, 1349 149

11 Mid-May, 1349 163

12 Late May to Early June, 1349 179

13 June 10-20, 1349 201

14 Summer, 1349 217

15 Summer and Autumn, 1349 233

16 September to December, 1349 249

17 1350 263

Epilogue 285

Illustration Credits 289

Notes 291

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