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Daily life during the Black Death was anything but normal. When plague hit a community, every aspect of life was turned upside down, from relations within families to its social, political, and economic stucture. Theaters emptied, graveyards filled, and the streets were ruled by the terrible corpse-bearers whose wagons of death rumbled day and night.

Daily life during the Black Death was anything but normal. During the three and a half centuries that constituted the Second Pandemic of Bubonic Plague, from 1348 to 1722, Europeans were regularly assaulted by epidemics that mowed them down like a reaper's scythe. When plague hit a community, every aspect of life was turned upside down, from relations within families to its social, political and economic structure. Theaters emptied, graveyards filled, and the streets were ruled by terrible corpse-bearers whose wagons of death rumbled night and day. Plague time elicited the most heroic and inhuman behavior imaginable. And yet Western Civilization survived to undergo the Renaissance, Reformation, Scientific Revolution, and early Enlightenment.

In Daily Life during the Black Death Joseph Byrne opens with an outline of the course of the Second Pandemic, the causes and nature of bubonic plague, and the recent revisionist view of what the Black Death really was. He presents the phenomenon of plague thematically by focusing on the places people lived and worked and confronted their horrors: the home, the church and cemetary, the village, the pest houses, the streets and roads. He leads readers to the medical school classroom where the false theories of plague were taught, through the careers of doctors who futiley treated victims, to the council chambers of city hall where civic leaders agonized over ways to prevent and then treat the pestilence. He discusses the medicines, prayers, literature, special clothing, art, burial practices, and crime that plague spawned. Byrne draws vivid examples from across both Europe and the period, and presents the words of witnesses and victims themselves wherever possible. He ends with a close discussion of the plague at Marseille (1720-22), the last major plague in northern Europe, and the research breakthroughs at the end of the nineteenth century that finally defeated bubonic plague.

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Known as the Black Death, the bubonic plague pandemic that ravaged the Medieval Muslim and Christian worlds affected individuals at all levels of society. This text for middle school and high school students and general readers provides an overview of daily life during these perilous times. Twelve chapters look at the impact of the plague on people's activities in such settings as the doctor's office, the home, city hall, and on the roads. Byrne teaches European history at Belmont U. in Nashville.
Annotation 2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Book News Annotation:

Known as the Black Death, the bubonic plague pandemic that ravaged the Medieval Muslim and Christian worlds affected individuals at all levels of society. This text for middle school and high school students and general readers provides an overview of daily life during these perilous times. Twelve chapters look at the impact of the plague on people's activities in such settings as the doctor's office, the home, city hall, and on the roads. Byrne teaches European history at Belmont U. in Nashville. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Daily life during the Black Death was anything but normal. When plague hit a community, every aspect of life was turned upside down, from relations within families to its social, political, and economic stucture. Theaters emptied, graveyards filled, and the streets were ruled by the terrible corpse-bearers whose wagons of death rumbled day and night.

About the Author

JOSEPH P. BYRNE is a European historian and Associate Professor of Honors at Belmont University, Nashville, TN. He has conducted research and published articles on a wide variety of subjects, from Roman catacombs to American urbanization, though his area of expertise is Italy in the era of the Black Death. He is the author of The Black Death (Greenwood, 2004) and Daily Life during the Black Death (Greenwood, 2006). He is currently serving as editor for The Encyclopedia of Plague, Pestilence and Pandemic (Greenwood, projected 2008).

Table of Contents

Chronology

The Black Death: 1347-1730

At Medical School

At the Doctor's Office

At Home with the Plague

At the Churh and Churchyard

In the BIshop's Palace and Monastery

At the Pest House

At City Hall

On the Steets and Roads of Europe

At the Booksellers and the Theatre

In the Village and on the Manor

In the Medieval Muslim World

The Plague's Last Stand in Europe

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780313332975
Author:
Byrne, Joseph P.
Publisher:
Greenwood Press
Author:
Byrne, Joseph
Author:
Joseph P. Byrne Ph.D.
Author:
Byrne, Joseph P., PH.D.
Subject:
History
Subject:
Medieval
Subject:
Social history
Subject:
Civilization, medieval
Subject:
Black death
Subject:
World History - Medieval and Renaissance
Copyright:
Series:
The Greenwood Press Daily Life Through History Series
Publication Date:
20060731
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
344
Dimensions:
9.58x6.28x1.19 in. 1.49 lbs.

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