A fascinating work of detective history, The Black Death traces the causes and far-reaching consequences of this infamous outbreak of plague that spread across the continent of Europe from 1347 to 1351. Drawing on sources as diverse as monastic manuscripts and dendrochronological studies (which measure growth rings in trees), historian Robert S. Gottfried demonstrates how a bacillus transmitted by rat fleas brought on an ecological reign of terror -- killing one European in three, wiping out entire villages and towns, and rocking the foundation of medieval society and civilization.
New York Times Book Review An engrossing study...Gottfried leaves us with a better understanding of how humans turned out to be at the mercy of changes in insect and rodent ecology.
Chapter 1 A Natural History of Plague
Chapter 2 The European Environment, 1050-1347
Chapter 3 The Plague's Beginnings
Chapter 4 The Plague's Progress
Chapter 5 The Immediate Consequences
Chapter 6 The Stirrings of Modern Medicine
Chapter 7 Disease and the Transformation of Medieval Europe
Epilogue: Europe's Environmental Crisis
A Bibliographical Essay
Number Of Pages: 203
Published: 11th May 2010
Publisher: Free Press