The Black Death

The Black Death

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From 1348 to 1350 Europe was devastated by an epidemic that left between a third and one half of the population dead. This source book traces, through contemporary writings, the calamitous impact of the Black Death in Europe, with a particular emphasis on its spread across England from 1348 to 1349. Rosemary Horrox surveys contemporary attempts to explain the plague, which was universally regarded as an expression of divine vengeance for the sins of humankind. Moralists all had their particular targets for criticism. However, this emphasis on divine chastisement did not preclude attempts to explain the plague in medical or scientific terms. Also, there was a widespread belief that human agencies had been involved, and such scapegoats as foreigners, the poor and Jews were all accused of poisoning wells. The final section of the book charts the social and psychological impact of the plague, and its effect on the late-medieval economy.... and that air spreads gradually from place to place and enters men through the ears, eyes, nose, mouth, pores and the ... and he should never touch the sheets after that until they have been cleansed of the sweat, for if the person sweatinganbsp;...

Title:The Black Death
Author:Rosemay Horrox
Publisher:Manchester University Press - 1994-10-15


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