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The Black Death

The Great Mortality of 1348–1350: A Brief History with Documents

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Part of the The Bedford Series in History and Culture book series (BSHC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction: The Black Death in History

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-7
  3. The Documents

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. John Aberth
      Pages 11-22
    3. John Aberth
      Pages 23-36
    4. John Aberth
      Pages 37-66
    5. John Aberth
      Pages 67-93
    6. John Aberth
      Pages 94-116
    7. John Aberth
      Pages 117-159
    8. John Aberth
      Pages 160-178
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 179-199

About this book


A fascinating account of the phenomenon known as the Black Death, this volume offers a wealth of documentary material focused on the initial outbreak of the plague that ravaged the world in the 14th century. A comprehensive introduction that provides important background on the origins and spread of the plague is followed by nearly 50 documents organized into topical sections that focus on the origin and spread of the illness; the responses of medical practitioners; the societal and economic impact; religious responses; the flagellant movement and attacks on Jews provoked by the plague; and the artistic response. Each chapter has an introduction that summarizes the issues explored in the documents; headnotes to the documents provide additional background material. The book contains documents from many countries - including Muslim and Byzantine sources - to give students a variety of perspectives on this devastating illness and its consequences. The volume also includes illustrations, a chronology of the Black Death, and questions to consider.

About the authors

John Aberth serves as Associate Academic Dean at Castleton State College.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Black Death
  • Book Subtitle The Great Mortality of 1348–1350: A Brief History with Documents
  • Authors NA NA
  • Series Title The Bedford Series in History and Culture
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc. 2005
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4039-6802-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-73422-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-10349-9
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVII, 199
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics History of Medieval Europe
    Medical Sociology
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