The Black Death / Edition 1

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Overview

From 1348 to 1350 Europe was devastated by an epidemic that left between a third and one half of the population dead. This source book traces, through contemporary writings, the calamitous impact of the Black Death in Europe, with a particular emphasis on its spread across England from 1348 to 1349.

Rosemary Horrox surveys contemporary attempts to explain the plague, which was universally regarded as an expression of divine vengeance for the sins of humankind. Moralists all had their particular targets for criticism. However, this emphasis on divine chastisement did not preclude attempts to explain the plague in medical or scientific terms. Also, there was a widespread belief that human agencies had been involved, and such scapegoats as foreigners, the poor and Jews were all accused of poisoning wells. The final section of the book charts the social and psychological impact of the plague, and its effect on the late-medieval economy.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780719034985
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Publication date: 10/15/1994
  • Series: Manchester Medieval Sources
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 820,208
  • Product dimensions: 5.49 (w) x 8.51 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Rosemary Horrox is Fellow in History, Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge.

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Table of Contents

Part I: Narrative Accounts
1. The Plague in Continental Europe
2. The Plague in the British Isles
Part II: Explanations and Responses
3. The Religious Response
4. Scientific Explanations
5. Human Agency
Part III: Consequences
6. The Impact of the Plague
7. Repercussions
Suggestions for Further Reading
Index

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