ISBN-10:
1319048870
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9781319048877
Pub. Date:
12/23/2016
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Bedford/St. Martin's
The Black Death, The Great Mortality of 1348-1350: A Brief History with Documents / Edition 2

The Black Death, The Great Mortality of 1348-1350: A Brief History with Documents / Edition 2

by John Aberth
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ISBN-13: 9781319048877
Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
Publication date: 12/23/2016
Series: Bedford Cultural Editions Series
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 334,718
Product dimensions: 5.55(w) x 8.16(h) x 0.24(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword iii

Preface iv

Map and Illustrations xi

Part 1 Introduction: The Black Death in History 1

The Black Death as Historical Event 2

Historical Significance of the Black Death 3

The Plague Denial Controversy 5

Studying Medieval Sources 10

Part 2 The Documents 17

1 Geographical Origins 19

1 Nicephorus Gregoras, Byzantine History, ca. 1359 22

2 Abu Hafs cUmar Ibn al-Wardi, Essay on the Report of the Pestilence, ca. 1348 23

3 Giovanni Villani, Chronicle, ca. 1348 26

2 Symptoms and Transmission 28

4 Louis Sanctus, Letter, April 27, 1348 29

5 John VI Kantakouzenos, History, 1367-1369 31

6 Abu Ja'far Ahmad Ibn Khatima, Description and Remedy for Escaping the Plague, February 1349 33

3 Medical Responses 40

7 Medical Faculty of the University of Paris, Consultation, October 6, 1348 41

8 Alfonso de Córdoba, Letter and Regimen concerning the Pestilence, ca. 1348 46

9 Gentile da Foligno, Short Casebook, 1348 48

10 Jacme d'Agramont, Regimen of Protection against Epidemics, April 24, 1348 52

4 Societal and Economic Impact 57

11 Francesco Petrarch, Letters on Familiar Matters, May 1349 59

12 Giovanni Boccaccio, Introduction to The Decameron, 1349-1351 63

13 Ahmad Ibn cAli al-Maqrizi, A History of the Ayyubids and Mamluks, Fifteenth Century 68

14 City Council of Siena, Ordinance, May 1349 72

15 The Cortes of Castile, Ordinance, 1351 74

16 Wiltshire, England, Assize Roll of Labor Offenders, June 11, 1352 76

5 Religious Mentalities 79

17 Michele da Piazza, Chronicle, 1347-1361 80

18 Simon Islip, Archbishop of Canterbury, Effrenata (Unbridled), May 28, 1350 84

19 Hamo Hethe, Bishop of Rochester, and Thomas de Lisle, Bishop of Ely, Post-Plague Parish Poverty, July 1, 1349, and September 20, 1349 86

20 cTmad al-Dln Abu 'l-Fida' Ismacil b. cUmar Ibn Kathir, The Beginning and End: On History, ca. 1350-1351 88

21 Lisan al-Din Ibn al-Khatib, A Very Useful Inquiry into the Horrible Sickness, 1349-1352 90

6 The Plague Psyche

The Flagellants 93

22 A Middle Dutch Flagellant Scroll, 1349 94

23 Fritsche Closener, Chronicle, 1360-1362 100

24 Jean de Fayt, Sermon on the Flagellants, October 5, 1349 106

The Poison Conspiracy 111

25 André Benedict, Letter to the Jurors of Gerona, April 17, 1348 113

26 Replies to Strasbourg's Interrogatory about the Jews, November 1348-January 1349 115

27 Konrad of Megenberg, Concerning the Mortality in Germany, ca. 1350 129

7 Environmental Explanations and Responses 133

28 Gabriele de Mussis, History of the Disease or Mortality of 1348, 1348-1356 135

29 Konrad of Megenberg, Concerning the Mortality in Germany, ca. 1350 136

30 City and Commune of Pistoia, Ordinances, May 2, 1348, and May 23, 1348 141

8 The Artistic Response 144

St. Sebastian and St. Roch 144

31 Sandro Botticelli, St. Sebastian, 1474 145

32 Josse Lieferinxe, St. Sebastian Intercedes during the Plague in Pavia, ca. 1497-1499 147

33 Bartolomeo della Gatta, St. Roch in front of the Fraternità dei Laici in Arezzo, ca. 1479 149

34 German Woodcut of St. Roch, ca. 1480 151

The Dance of Death 152

35 The Great Chronicle of France, ca. 1348 153

36 John Lydgate, The Dance of Death, ca. 1430 154

Transi Tombs 156

37 Francois de la Sarra, Tomb at La Sarraz, Switzerland, ca. 1390 158

38 Archbishop Henry Chichele, Tomb at Canterbury Cathedral, ca. 1425 160

Appendixes

A Chronology of the Black Death (1347-1363) 163

Questions for Consideration 165

Selected Bibliography 167

Index 175

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