Synopses & Reviews
New to the Problems in European Civilization series, this is the only text to contain secondary sources on the Black Death. Organized by cultural, municipal, and medical reaction to the disease, the essays are preceded by helpful introductions to provide students with a context for each source. The text features the latest in scholarship and a flexible format that allows instructors to assign those essays and sections that best suit course needs.
Table of Contents
I. Europe Before the Plague David Herlihy, The Black Death and the Transformation of the West Edward Miller and John Hatcher, Medieval England: Rural Society and Economic Change, 1086-1348 William Chester Jordan, The Great Famine: Northern Europe in the Early Fourteenth Century II. Medicine and Epidemiology John Henderson, The Black Death in Florence: Medical and Communal Responses Samuel K. Cohn, The Black Death: End of a Paradigm Michael McCormick, Rats, Communications, and Plague III. Religious and Cultural Responses to the Plague Louise Marshall, Manipulating the Sacred: Image and Plague in Renaissance Italy Laura A. Smoller, Plague and the Investigation of the Apocalypse Richard Kieckhefer, Radical Tendencies in the Flagellant Movement of the Mid-Fourteenth-Century David Nirenberg, Communities of Violence: Persecution of Minorities in the Middle Ages Michael Dols, The Black Death in the Middle East IV. Structures of Order Anna M. Campbell, The Black Death and Men of Learning William J. Courtenay, The Effect of the Black Death on English Higher Education William M. Bowsky, The Impact of the Black Death upon Sienese Government and Society William J. Dohar, The Black Death and Pastoral Leadership V. The Socio-Economic Impact of Plague Paul Freedman, The Origins of Peasant Servitude in Medieval Catalonia John Hatcher, England in the Aftermath of the Black Death Christopher Dyer, The Social and Economic Background to the Rural Revolt of 1381 Mavis Mate, Daughters, Wives, and Widows After the Black Death Harry A. Miskimin, The Economy of Early Renaissance Europe: 1300-1460