From the Brink of the Apocalypse: Confronting Famine, War, Plague, and Death in the Later Middle Ages

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Psychology Press, 2001 - History - 304 pages
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"The late middle ages were marked by unprecedented chaos. At no other time in history did so much misery-war, famine, plague, and death-converge in such a short span of time. It is no wonder that late medieval men and women believed that the Apocalypse was upon them. It is this unlucky confluence, and the resulting attitudes and beliefs of medieval peoples, that historian John Aberth explores in this original work. Taking his thematic cues from the biblical Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Aberth describes this period of unrivaled strife in a compelling, accessible narrative, and takes to task the conventional notion that the later middle ages represented a period of cultural decline. He presents a more nuanced and complex understanding of the late medieval period, and also proves that the story of how late medieval men and women bravely faced down the Apocalypse is "worth the telling for the sheer drama of it."--pub. desc.
  

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In A Distant Mirror, Barbara Tuchman painted a vivid portrait of the miseries that afflicted 14th-century Europe. In this new popular history, Aberth (Criminal Churchmen in the Age of Edward III) has ... Read full review

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John Aberth's From the Brink of the Apocalypse is a broad scope presentation of the interrelated elements of famine, war and plague and their effect upon the social and cultural landscape of ... Read full review

Contents

Chronology
ix
Maps
xiii
Prologue
1
Famine
9
War
57
Plague
107
Death
179
Epitaph
259
Tables
264
Bibliography
277
Index
292
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John Aberth is Associate Professor of History at the University of Nebraska and is the author of Criminal Churchmen in the Age of Edward III(1996). He lives in Omaha, Nebraska.

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