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Author Benedictow, Ole Jørgen, author

Title The Black Death, 1346-1353 : the complete history / Ole J. Benedictow
Published Woodbridge, England : The Boydell Press, 2004


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Description xvi, 433 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
Contents Part One. What was the Black Death? -- 1. Why the history of the Black Death is important -- 2. Anatomy of a killer disease -- 3. Bubonic plague and the role of rats and fleas -- 4. Plague: the Hydra-headed monster -- 5. The territorial origin of plague and of the Black Death -- Part Two. Spread of the Black Death -- 6. The Caucasus, Asia Minor, the Middle East and North Africa -- 7. Mediterranean Europe -- 8. The southern Balkans: Albania, Macedonia, Southern Yugoslavia, Greece and Bulgaria -- 9. The Kingdom of Hungary: Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Slovakia, Hungary and Western Romania -- 10. The Iberian Peninsula: the Spanish Kingdoms, the Kingdom of Portugal and the Kingdom of Granada -- 11. Italy -- 12. France -- 13. Belgium -- 14. Switzerland -- 15. The British Isles -- 16. Norway -- 17. Denmark --
18. Sweden -- 19. Austria -- 20. Germany -- 21. The Netherlands -- 22. The Baltic countries -- 23. Russia -- 24. Did some countries or regions escape? What happened in Iceland, Finland, Poland and the Kingdom of Bohemia? -- Part Three. Patterns and dynamics of the Black Death --25. Patterns of conquest, dynamics of spread -- Part Four. Mortality in the Black Death -- 26. The medieval demographic system -- 27. Problems of source criticism, methodology and demography -- 28. Spain -- 29. Italy -- 30. France and the County of Savoy -- 31. Belgium -- 32. England -- 33. How many died in the Black Death? -- Part Five. The Black Death: its impact on history -- 34. A turning point in history?
Summary "The many local studies on the Black Death published in a variety of languages and scholarly papers have for the first time been systematically collected and thoroughly analysed. The medical and epidemiological characteristics of the disease, its geographical origin, its spread across Asia Minor, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe, and the mortality in the countries and regions for which there are satisfactory studies, are clearly presented and thoroughly discussed. The pattern, pace and seasonality of spread revealed through close scrutiny of these studies exactly reflect current medical work and standard studies on the epidemiology of bubonic plague."
"Benedictow's findings relating to the mortality caused by the Black Death are based on the study and synthesis of all available demographic studies. Published over the past forty years, most of them in widely dispersed local journals and local histories, this cumulative evidence, astounding in its implications, has gone largely unnoticed. This book makes it indisputably clear that the true mortality rate was far higher than has been previously thought."--BOOK JACKET
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [395]-413) and index
Notes Also available online (Table of contents)
Subject Black Death -- History.
Plague -- History.
Diseases and history.
Medicine, Medieval.
Plague -- history.
LC no. 2003024313
ISBN 1843832143 (paperback)
9781843832140 (paperback)
0851159435 (hardback) (alkaline paper)
Other Titles Black Death thirteen forty six - thirteen fifty three