Communities and Crisis: Bologna During the Black Death

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BRILL, 2009 - History - 300 pages
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Bologna is well known for its powerful university and notariate of the thirteenth century, but the fourteenth-century city is less studied. This work redresses the imbalance in scholarship by examining social and economic life at mid-fourteenth century, particularly during the epidemic of plague, the Black Death of 1348. Arguing against medieval chroniclers' accounts of massive social, political, and religious breakdown, this examination of the immediate experience of the epidemic, based on notarial records--including over a thousand testaments--demonstrates resilience during the crisis. The notarial record reveals the activities and decisions of large numbers of individuals and families in the city and provides a reconstruction of the behavior of clergy, medical practitioners, government and neighborhood officials, and notaries during the epidemic.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Testaments in the Libri Memoriali Demaniale and the Provvisori
11
Notarial Evidence on Bolognas Civic Life
57
Chapter Three Social Reactions of the Populace during the Black Death
99
Chapter Four Public Persons during the Black Death
147
Chapter Five Neighborhood Activity during the Black Death
193
Chapter Six The Individual and the Family
223
Conclusion
261
Map of Parishes of Bologna
266
List of Parishes for Map of Parishes of Bologna
267
Appendix A
271
Appendix B
273
Bibliography
277
General Index
289
Index of Medieval Bolognese Individuals 1348
295
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Map of Bologna
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Shona Kelly Wray, Ph.D. (1999) in History, University of Colorado at Boulder, is Associate Professor of History at the University of Missouri--Kansas City. Her publications concern the experience of the Black Death and notarial culture in late medieval Bologna.

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