Academic journal article Medium Aevum

The Black Death

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

The Black Death

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The Black Death, ed. and trans. Rosemary Horrox, Manchester Medieval Sources (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1994). xiv + 364 pp. ISBN0-71903497-3, L40.00 (hard covers); ISBN 0-7190-3498-1 L 14.99 (p/b). This painstaking work of compilation and translation orders some I z 5 extracts from diverse texts on the Black Death according to the following threefold division: 1. `Narrative accounts'; II. `Explanations and responses'; III. 'Consequences'. (Such an ordering, one notes, follows the patterns of medieval exegesis in passing from historical narrative to higher levels of interpretation.) Part I moves from descriptions of the Plague in continental Europe (items 1-9) to its arrival and flourishing in England (lo-zs). Part ii considers religious responses to the Plague (processions, prayers, critiques of clothing fashions), scientific explanations (56-67), and anti-Jewish persecutions (68-75). Part III begins with recollections of the deaths of friends, then widens in scope to consider the long-term impact of priest and labourer shortages, sumptuary legislation and rural rebellion. …

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