The Black Death: A Personal History

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 6/8/2009
  • Publisher: Perseus Books Group

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In this fresh approach to the history of the Black Death, John Hatcher, a world-renowned scholar of the Middle Ages, recreates everyday life in a mid-fourteenth century rural English village. By focusing on the experiences of ordinary villagers as they livedand diedduring the Black Death (134550 AD), Hatcher vividly places the reader directly into those tumultuous years and describes in fascinating detail the day-to-day existence of people struggling with the tragic effects of the plague. Dramatic scenes portray how contemporaries must have experienced and thought about the momentous eventsand how they tried to make sense of it all.

Author Biography

John Hatcher, a leading expert in medieval and early modern social and economic history, is Professor of Economic and Social History and Chairman of the History Faculty at the University of Cambridge.

Table of Contents

Preface The Nature of This Bookp. ix
Introduction Walsham in the Middle Agesp. 1
Master Johnp. 13
Late Summer, 1345p. 21
Autumn 1345 to Winter 1347p. 35
Christmas and New Year, 1347-1348p. 53
Spring and Early Summer, 1348p. 63
Midsummer and Autumn, 1348p. 81
Autumn and Winter, 1348p. 101
New Year, 1349p. 119
Lent and Easter, 1349p. 135
Mid-April to Early May, 1349p. 149
Mid-May, 1349p. 163
Late May to Early June, 1349p. 179
June 10-20, 1349p. 201
Summer, 1349p. 217
Summer and Autumn, 1349p. 233
September to December, 1349p. 249
1350p. 263
Epiloguep. 285
Illustration Creditsp. 289
Notesp. 291
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