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Diane Publishing Books
Sean Martin (au)
The Black Death refers to the pandemic of bubonic plague that ravaged the medieval world in the late 1340s. In Europe, between a quarter and a third of its population died. It was the greatest demographic disaster in European history. Here, Martin looks at the origins of the disease and traces its march through Europe from Italy to Scandinavia. He describes contemporary responses to the plague and makes clear how helpless was the medicine of the day in the face of it. He examines the renewed persecution of the Jews, blamed by many Christians for the spread of the disease, and highlights the attempts by such groups as the Flagellants to ward off what they saw as the wrath of God. “A vivid account of one of the great catastrophes of history.”
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