The Black Death: The Great Mortality of 1348-1350: A Brief History with Documents

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Springer, Apr 30, 2016 - History - 199 pages
A fascinating account of the phenomenon known as the Black Death, this volume offers a wealth of documentary material focused on the initial outbreak of the plague that ravaged the world in the 14th century. A comprehensive introduction that provides important background on the origins and spread of the plague is followed by nearly 50 documents organized into topical sections that focus on the origin and spread of the illness; the responses of medical practitioners; the societal and economic impact; religious responses; the flagellant movement and attacks on Jews provoked by the plague; and the artistic response. Each chapter has an introduction that summarizes the issues explored in the documents; headnotes to the documents provide additional background material. The book contains documents from many countries - including Muslim and Byzantine sources - to give students a variety of perspectives on this devastating illness and its consequences. The volume also includes illustrations, a chronology of the Black Death, and questions to consider.
 

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Contents

Studying Medieval Sources
5
Symptoms and Transmission
23
Michele da Piazza Chronicle 13471361
29
Giovanni Boccaccio Introduction to The Decameron 13491351
31
Louis Sanctus Letter April 27 1348
33
John VI Kantakouzenos History 13671369
34
Medical Responses
37
Medical Faculty of the University of Paris Consultation October 6 1348
41
Agnolo di Tura Sienese Chronicle 13481351
80
Jean de Venette Chronicle ca 13591360
82
Ahmad Ibn cAlı alMaqrızı A History of the Ayyubids and Mamluks 15th Century
84
City Council of Siena Ordinance May 1349
87
The Córtes of Castile Ordinance 1351
89
Wiltshire England Assize Roll of Labor Offenders June 11 1352
91
Religious Mentalities
94
The Psyche of Hysteria
117

Alfonso de Córdoba Letter and Regimen concerning the Pestilence ca 1348
45
Gentile da Foligno Short Casebook 1348
47
Jacme dAgramont Regimen of Protection against Epidemics April 24 1348
51
Abu Jacfar Ahmad Ibn Khatima Description and Remedy for Escaping the Plague February 1349
55
Gui de Chauliac Great Surgery 1363
63
Societal and Economic Impact
67
Francesco Petrarch Letters on Familiar Matters May 1349
71
Giovanni Boccaccio Introduction to The Decameron 13491351
75
Jewish Pogroms
139
Interrogation of the Jews of Savoy September
145
Mathias of Neuenburg Chronicle ca 13491350
151
The Artistic Response
160
Transi Tombs
169
A Disputacioun betwyx the Body and Wormes
176
Index
191
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John Aberth serves as Associate Academic Dean at Castleton State College.

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