Black Death (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, May 11, 2010 - History - 203 pages
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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. 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.
  

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Review: The Black Death: Natural and Human Disater in Medieval Europe

User Review  - Eric - Goodreads

A seemingly innovative history of the plague, this book was shown to be plagiarized and unreliable. Read full review

Review: The Black Death: Natural and Human Disater in Medieval Europe

User Review  - Travis Gallagher - Goodreads

I still look back on this book and am amazed at the amount of research that the author put into this piece. The book isn't particularly interesting but it is loading with facts that really bring the sheer amount of chaos that the plague brought to the edges of the pages. Read full review

Contents

A Natural History of Plague
1
The European Environment 10501347
16
The Plagues Beginnings
33
The Plagues Progress
54
The Immediate Consequences
77
The Stirrings of Modern Medicine
104
Disease and the Transformation of Medieval Europe
129
Europes Environmental Crisis
161
Notes
164
A Bibliographical Essay
187
Index
195
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About the author (2010)

Robert S. Gottfried is Professor of History and Director of Medieval Studies at Rutgers University. Among his other books is Epidemic Disease in Fifteenth Century England.

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