The Black Death, 1346-1353: The Complete History

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Boydell Press, 2004 - History - 433 pages
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Unique, sensational and shocking, this revelatory book provides, for the first time, a complete Europe-wide history of the Black Death. The author's painstakingly comprehensive research throws fresh light on the nature of the disease, its origin, its spread, on an almost day-to-day basis, across Europe, Asia Minor, the Middle East and North Africa, its mortality rate and its impact on history. These latter two aspects are of central importance here, for it is demonstrated that the plague's death rates have consistently been under-estimated and that they were in fact much higher, making the disease's long-term effects on history even more profound. OLE J. BENEDICTOW is Professor of History at the University of Oslo.
 

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So scholarly and dense that it takes awhile to sink in that the enormity of the carnage is so much worse than we've been taught before. My favorite book about the plague heretofore was Ziegler's ... Read full review

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The Complete History. To much reading to do.

Contents

Why the history of the Black Death is important
3
Anatomy of a killer disease
8
Figures
9
Bubonic plague and the role of rats and fleas
11
the Hydraheaded monster
25
Tables
31
The territorial origin of plague and of the Black Death
35
Part Two Spread of the Black Death
55
Spain
273
Mortality in the Black Death in Spain
284
Italy
285
Average household size in four Italian localities 133980
289
Estimates of population San Gimignano 1332 and 1349
296
Numbers of hearths in villages near Susa Piedmont 133567
304
Estimated population mortality in the Black Death in Tuscany and other
307
France and the County of Savoy
308

The Caucasus Asia Minor the Middle East and North Africa
57
Mediterranean Europe
68
Albania Macedonia southern Yugoslavia Greece
74
Croatia BosniaHerzegovina Slovakia
75
the Spanish kingdoms the Kingdom of Portugal
77
Italy
91
Chronology of the spread of the Black Death in Italy
94
France
96
Belgium
110
Switzerland
118
The British Isles
123
Institutions of new parish priests in Cambridgeshire in 1349
134
Norway
146
Denmark
159
Deaths of donors of chantries in Ribe Cathedral 1350
162
Sweden
170
Donations to Swedish religious institutions 134150
174
Austria
179
Germany
185
The Netherlands
203
The Baltic countries
209
Russia
211
some countries or regions escape? What happened in Iceland
216
Part Three Patterns and Dynamics of the Black Death
225
Patterns of conquest dynamics of spread
227
Part Four Mortality in the Black Death
243
The medieval demographic system
245
Life expectancy and mortality in a population of males with a life
249
Problems of source criticism methodology and demography
257
Mortality in the taxpaying households of Grenis in the Black Death
268
Changes in number of households before and after the Black Death in
311
Decline in number of subsidypaying households in the castellany of
318
Increase in number of households in the castellany of Ugine 13536
319
Decline in number of households and population size in parishes near
321
Chambéry 13489
322
Number of taxpaying hearths in four parishes in the castellany of
328
Decline in number of registered taxpaying peasant households in the
330
Mortality rates in the Black Death in the County of Savoy
331
Mortality in the Black Death in southcentral France
334
Decline in number of fiscal hearths in SaintFlour 134556
335
Mortality in the Black Death in France
337
Belgium
338
Decline in number of households in two hamlets in Artois 134786
339
England
342
Average mortality rates at ages 070 according to Model West life table
350
Mortality rates of English beneficed parish clergy according to diocese
359
Death rates on 15 manors in the diocese of Worcester
362
Manorial death rate among tenants
364
Mortality in 28 townships in the priory of Durham
367
Decline in number of tithing members in 7 Essex communities 134556
372
Tithingmen in Kibworth Beauchamp 134654
374
Plague mortality among landless men in 17 manors of Glastonbury Abbey
375
How many died in the Black Death?
380
Mortality in the Black Death by various regions and countries
383
Its Impact on History
385
A Turning Point in History?
387
Bibliography
395
Index
415
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