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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Europe during the later Middle Ages was a scene of unparalleled chaos. At no time in history did so much misery, in the form of war, famine, plague and death, descend upon the earth - at times it must have seemed like the end of the world people constantly feared was truly at hand. Taking his themes from the four horsemen of the apocalypse, the author describes how the Great Famine and Black Death swept away nearly half of Europe's population, while the royal houses of England and France were engaged in a Hundred Years War that meant constant political strife. Yet, as is revealed in this work, a firm belief in the ways of providence and the first stirrings of greater political freedom allowed communities to endure. Far from conventional notions of the waningof the Middle Ages, John Aberth reveals a world that we can recognize as very similar to our own.
  

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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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