In the wake of the plague: the Black Death
and the world it made.
None of these are characteristics of modern plague, despite common misperceptions due to the "heavy hand" of histories of the Black Death
This reviewer is inclined to give more credit to the Statute of Labour than Poos does, for restraining wages after the Black Death
, but is impressed by his calculation that nearly a quarter of all Essex males older than their mid-teens were fined in 1352 for violating the Statute, and, as he notes, "the proportion of all male labourers would thus have been even higher" (p.
Since we are in the middle of a swine flue pandemic it seems to me extremely interesting to compare this social emergency in 2009 with the public's reaction to the Black Death
, which killed a third of the population in the middle of the 14th century.
Duncan Higgitt The Black Death
: how the rat become Public Enemy Number One: Yersinia pestis, or the bubonic plague, had affected rodents in central Asia for years before the Black Death
pandemic began in 1330.
Kelly describes how the Black Death
killed about a third of the population of Europe, how individuals attempted to out-run or out-think it, how the Church coped as those it dedicated to caring for the victims died beside them, and how the reduction in the population increased the value of labor and thereby improved the economic lot of the survivors.
It kicks off with a documentary about the Black Death
at 9 am on BBC2.
Seven Ages of Britain (C4,8pm) BY the 13thcentury,Britain's foreign rulers seemed to have helped the country prosper - but terror was just around the corner as the Black Death
arrived on our shores.
The final chapter 6 examines how doctors offered adv ice to important and distant patients and learned about diseases from other doctors, specifically about the Black Death
that arrived in Europe from Genoese trading centers located on the Black Sea in 1347 and wreaked havoc over most of Europe until 1350, thereby reducing the population by one-third.
This chapter continues the conversation about topography, civic, ecclesiastical, commercial, and domestic architecture before concluding with town decline and decay in the wake of the Black Death
By alluding to the black death
, he invokes memories of the vast plague epidemics that ravaged the world.
In this long-awaited volume, Gonick details the clashes of religion and culture in the Middle East, Europe's struggle through the Dark Ages, the Crusades, and even the attack of the Black Death
in cartoons that are humane, irreverent, and at times laugh-out-loud funny.