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on 26 January 2013
This is a great book a must have for any academic interested in this subject. Of all the books i have read on the Black Death this was the one i found myself going back to constantly, Alberth gives a good insight into pre-plague Europe the Social complexities and the like, purveyance tax, the causes and effects of War on communities mainly in England during the Anglo/Scots Wars. He then goes on to describe events such as clerical immorality, abandonement and persecution of the jews, the knock on effects of the pestillence on agriculture, and how farm workers (for the first time) where able to exploit the high death rates to their own advantage when demanding higher wages. His post-plague analysis descibes how society despite the catastrophic effects of the pestillence where able to rise from the ashes and return to some kind of normality. The Documents included are excellent primary sources written by Chroniclers (who in some cases became victims themselves). Highly recommended for those interested in the Great Mortality.
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on 19 July 2016
Fantastic collection of easy-to-read source material that has been usefully translated and simplified for our benefit. Perhaps the most impressive feature of the book is the concise yet incredibly informative chapters that introduce each group of sources. Although a short book, the content seems to cover just as much as is achieved in longer books such as that of Rosemary Horrox, who tends to put unnecessary source material in to simply pad out her book.
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