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King Death: The Black Death and Its Aftermath in Late-Medieval England
     

King Death: The Black Death and Its Aftermath in Late-Medieval England

by Colin Platt
 

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The Black Death came to England is 1348 and for over three centuries bubonic plague remained a continual and threatening presence in the everyday life of the country. Written with verve and rich in detail, King Death offers an important analysis of one of the most potent instruments of change in late-medieval England, and a fascinating insight into the industry of

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The Black Death came to England is 1348 and for over three centuries bubonic plague remained a continual and threatening presence in the everyday life of the country. Written with verve and rich in detail, King Death offers an important analysis of one of the most potent instruments of change in late-medieval England, and a fascinating insight into the industry of death that pestilence brought with it.

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A history of the bubonic plague in its first 150 years, concentrating on its influence in all sectors of European society, but particularly on the shortage of labor it caused which heralded the end of feudal bondage. Platt revisits the villages and shrunken towns of the period, commenting on the religious philosophies, social structures, politics, architecture, and arts influenced by the sweeping threat of plague. Includes photographs and reproductions of drawings from the period. Canadian card order number C95-933375-4. Paper edition (unseen), $18.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
FFWD (Calgary) - Kari Watson

'King Death proves to be an informative and interesting look at the effects of the plague in terms of population, architecture, religion and lineage.'

Choice - G. Eknoyan

'An extensively annotated, copiously referenced, informative book with valuable insights.'

History: Review of New Books - Richard Winderli

'Colin Platt has now given us a lively and lucidly written new work that incorporates all the latest scholarship and historical debate about this extraordinary crisis ... Death indeed was king during the late Middle Ages, and Platt's book is now the best treatment of the subject for undergraduates.'

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781857283136
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
02/29/1996
Pages:
262
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Colin Platt is a professor of Art History at Southampton University.

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