Post-classical history

The Black Death

The Black Death

A series of natural disasters in the Orient during the fourteenth century brought about the most devastating period of death and destruction in European history. The epidemic killed one-third of Europe's people over a period of three years, and the resulting social and economic upheaval was on a scale unparalleled in all of recorded history. Synthesizing the records of contemporary chroniclers and the work of later historians, Philip Ziegler offers a critically acclaimed overview of this crucial epoch in a single masterly volume. The Black Death vividly and comprehensively brings to light the full horror of this uniquely catastrophic event that hastened the disintegration of an age.

Chapter 1. Origins of Nature

Chapter 2. The State of Europe

Chapter 3. Italy

Chapter 4. France: the State of Medical Knowledge

Chapter 5. Germany: the Flagellants and the Persecution of the Jews

Chapter 6. The Rest of Continental Europe

Chapter 7. Arrival in England: the West Country

Chapter 8. Progress Across the South

Chapter 9. London: Hygiene and the Medieval City

Chapter 10. Sussex, Kent and East Anglia

Chapter 11. The Midlands and the North of England

Chapter 12. The Welsh Borders, Wales, Ireland and Scotland

Chapter 13. The Plague in a Medieval Village

Chapter 14. The Toll in Lives

Chapter 15. The Social and Economic Consequences

Chapter 16. Education, Agriculture and Architecture

Chapter 17. The Effects on the Church and Man’s Mind



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