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

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9780312400873

ISBN10:
031240087X
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Pub. Date:
2/1/2005
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Bedford/St. Martin's
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Summary

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 fourteenth 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, questions to consider, a selected bibliography, and an index.

Author Biography

JOHN ABERTH lives in Roxbury, Vermont, and teaches history at Vermont's Castleton State College, where he formerly served as associate academic dean. He has taught history at a number of other institutions, including Middlebury College, the University of Vermont, St. Michael's College, the University of Nebraska, and Norwich University. He received his Ph.D. in Medieval History from Cambridge University in England and has published several books, including Churchmen in the Age of Edward III: The Case of Bishop Thomas de Lisle (1996), From the Brink of the Apocalypse: Confronting Famine, War, Plague and Death (2000), and A Knight at the Movies: Medieval History on Film (2003).

Table of Contents

Foreword v
Preface vii
A Note about the Text and Translations
ix
LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS xv
PART ONE Introduction: The Black Death in History 1(8)
The Black Death as Historical Event
2(1)
Historical Significance of the Black Death
3(2)
Studying Medieval Sources
5(4)
PART TWO The Documents 9(170)
1. Geographical Origins
11(12)
1. Nicephorus Gregoras, Byzantine History, ca. 1359
15(1)
2. Abu Hafs cUmar Ibn al-Wardi, Essay on the Report of the Pestilence, ca. 1348
16(3)
3. Giovanni Villani, Chronicle, ca. 1348
19(2)
4. Louis Sanctus, Letter, April 27, 1348
21(2)
2. Symptoms and Transmission
23(14)
5. Michele da Piazza, Chronicle, 1347-1361
29(2)
6. Giovanni Boccaccio, Introduction to The Decameron, 1349-1351
31(2)
7. Louis Sanctus, Letter, April 27, 1348
33(1)
8. John VI Kantakouzenos, History, 1367-1369
34(3)
3. Medical Responses
37(30)
9. Medical Faculty of the University of Paris, Consultation, October 6, 1348
41(4)
10. Alfonso de Cordoba, Letter and Regimen concerning the Pestilence, ca. 1348
45(2)
11. Gentile da Foligno, Short Casebook, 1348
47(4)
12. Jacme d'Agramont, Regimen of Protection against Epidemics, April 24, 1348
51(4)
13. Abu Jacfar Ahmad Ibn Khatima, Description and Remedy for Escaping the Plague, February 1349
55(8)
14. Gui de Chauliac, Great Surgery, 1363
63(4)
4. Societal and Economic Impact
67(27)
15. Francesco Petrarch, Letters on Familiar Matters, May 1349
71(4)
16. Giovanni Boccaccio, Introduction to The Decameron, 1349-1351
75(5)
17. Agnolo di Tura, Sienese Chronicle, 1348-1351
80(2)
18. Jean de Venette, Chronicle, ca. 1359-1360
82(2)
19. Ahmad Ibn cAli al-Magrizi, A History of the Ayyubids and Mamluks, 15th Century
84(3)
20. City Council of Siena, Ordinance, May 1349
87(2)
21. The Córtes of Castile, Ordinance, 1351
89(2)
22. Wiltshire, England, Assize Roll of Labor Offenders, June 11, 1352
91(3)
5. Religious Mentalities
94(23)
23. Gabriele de Mussis, History of the Plague, 1348
98(2)
24. Michele da Piazza, Chronicle, 1347-1361
100(4)
25. Simon Islip, Archbishop of Canterbury, Effrenata (Unbridled), May 28, 1350
104(2)
26. Homo Hethe, Bishop of Rochester, and Thomas de Lisle, Bishop of Ely, Post Plague Parish Poverty, July 1, 1349, and September 20, 1349
106(2)
27. Libertus of Monte Feche, Last Will and Testament, September 21, 1348
108(2)
28. cImad al-Din Abu 'l-Fida' Ismacil b. cUmar Ibn Kathir, The Beginning and End: On History, ca. 1350-1351
110(2)
29. Abu Hafs cUmar Ibn al-Wardi, Essay on the Report of the Pestilence, ca. 1348
112(2)
30. Lisan al-Din Ibn al-Khatib, A Very Useful Inquiry into the Horrible Sickness, 1349-1352
114(3)
6. The Psyche of Hysteria
117(43)
The Flagellants
118(21)
31. Heinrich of Herford, Book of Memorable Matters, ca. 1349-1355
122(4)
32. Fritsche Closener, Chronicle, 1360-1362
126(6)
33. Gilles li Muisis, Chronicle, 1350
132(6)
34. King Philip VI of France, Mandate to Suppress the Flagellants, February 15, 1350
138(1)
Jewish Pogroms
139(21)
35. King Pedro IV of Aragon, Response to Jewish Pogrom of Tárrega, December 23, 1349
142(2)
36. Takkanoth (Accord) of Barcelona, September 1354
144(1)
37. Interrogation of the Jews of Savoy, September-October 1348
145(6)
38. Mathias of Neuenburg, Chronicle, ca. 1349-1350
151(4)
39. Konrad of Megenberg, Concerning the Mortality in Germany, ca. 1350
155(3)
40. Pope Clement VI, Sicut Judeis (Mandate to Protect the Jews), October 1, 1348
158(2)
7. The Artistic Response
160(19)
The Dance of Death
160(9)
41. The Great Chronicle of France, ca. 1348
164(1)
42. John Lydgate, The Dance of Death, ca. 1430
165(2)
43. Death as Chess Player, St. Andrew's Church, Norwich, ca. 1500
167(2)
Transi Tombs
169
44. Francois de la Sarra, Tomb at La Sarraz, Switzerland, ca. 1390
172(2)
45. Archbishop Henry Chichele, Tomb at Canterbury Cathedral, ca. 1425
174(2)
46. A Disputacioun betwyx the Body and Wormes, ca. 1450
176
APPENDIXES
A Chronology of the Black Death (1347-1363)
179(2)
Questions for Consideration
181(2)
Selected Bibliography
183(8)
Index 191


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