The Black Death

The Black Death

Natural and Human Disaster in Medieval Europe

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A fascinating work of detective history, The Black Death traces the causes and far-reaching consequences of this infamous outbreak of plague that spread across the continent of Europe from 1347 to 1351.

A fascinating work of detective history, The Black Death traces the causes and far-reaching consequences of this infamous outbreak of plague that spread across the continent of Europe from 1347 to 1351. Drawing on sources as diverse as monastic manuscripts and dendrochronological studies (which measure growth rings in trees), historian Robert S. Gottfried demonstrates how a bacillus transmitted by rat fleas brought on an ecological reign of terror--killing one European in three, wiping out entire villages and towns, and rocking the foundation of medieval society and civilization.
Publisher: New York : Free ; London : Collier Macmillan, [1983]
Copyright Date: ©1983
ISBN: 9780029123706
0029123704
Branch Call Number: 940.192 Got
Characteristics: xvii, 203 pages ; 24 cm

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Apr 06, 2017

This is one of the most fascinating books I've read. My family discovered it when it was on the new book shelf back in 1983 or so. Gottfried covers the nature of the disease and its flea carriers; discusses the nature of pandemics; the history of plague and its pandemics of the seventh century up through the long siege of pandemics from 1347 into the 18th century; and its effects on the world and civilization, from economy to culture and beyond.

This is history as it should be taught!

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