The Black Death, 1346-1353: The Complete History

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Boydell & Brewer, 2004 - History - 433 pages
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The Black Death was a disaster of such magnitude that it not only shook the Old World to its economic and social foundations, but changed the course of human history. Yet this book is the first comprehensive history and assessment of its progress, and of the death and devastation it left in its wake, in all the countries through which it passed. The many local studies on the Black Death published in a variety of languages and scholarly papers have for the first time been systematically collected and thoroughly analysed. The medical and epidemiological characteristics of the disease, its geographical origin, its spread across Asia Minor, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe, and the mortality in the countries and regions for which there are satisfactory studies, are clearly presented and thoroughly discussed. The pattern, pace and seasonality of spread revealed through close scrutiny of these studies exactly reflect current medical work and standard studies on the epidemiology of bubonic plague. Benedictow's findings relating to the mortality caused by the Black Death are based on the meticulous study and synthesis of all available demographic studies. Published over the past forty years, most of them in widely dispersed local journals and local histories, this cumulative evidence, far-reaching in its implications, has gone largely unnoticed. This book makes it clear that the true mortality rate was far higher than has been previously thought. In the light of these findings, the discussion in the last part of the book showing the Black Death as a turning point in history takes on a new significance.
 

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I’ve already reviewed a different book on the Black Death; this one is by Norwegian historian Ole Benedictow. This is a frustrating book; there’s a lot of useful and interesting material but there’s ... Read full review

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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

Contents

Why the history of the Black Death is important
3
Figures
9
Tables
31
The Caucasus Asia Minor the Middle East and North Africa
57
Mediterranean Europe
68
Albania Macedonia southern Yugoslavia Greece
74
Chronology of the spread of the Black Death in Italy
94
Belgium i
105
France and the County of Savoy
308
Changes in number of households before and after the Black Death in 31 I
311
Decline in number of subsidypaying households in the castellany of Ugine 133153
315
Increase in number of households in the castellany of Ugine 13536 3 19
319
2O 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 33O castellany of Monthey 132952
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I4 Switzerland
118
Institutions of new parish priests in Cambridgeshire in 1349
134
Norway
151
Denmark
159
Deaths of donors of chantries in Ribe Cathedral 1350
162
Donations to Swedish religious institutions 134150
174
Austria
179
2O Germany
185
The Baltic countries
209
Patterns of conquest dynamics of spread
227
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
Spain
273
I2 Mortality in the Black Death in Spain
284
Italy
285
Average household size in four Italian localities 133980
289
I4 Estimates of population San Gimignano 1332 and 1349
296
Numbers of hearths in villages near Susa Piedmont 133567 3O4 16 Estimated population mortality in the Black Death in Tuscany and other
307
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
3O 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
A Turning Point in History?
387
Bibliography
395
Index
415
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