In the wake of the plague

Finally, the Black Death marked an economic sea change: While no one recognized the threat from the flea-infested rat, some believed that it was the sea that was the source of the infection. Finally, the book concludes with an examination of the origins of the Black Death.

This started the War of the Roses, which lasted twenty-five years, and the fracture in the family caused England to lose the war against the French monarchy in p. It was believed that the disease originated from plagues of snakes and scorpions in Asia, which traveled to Europe through trade.

In the Wake of the Plague: The Black Death and the World It Made

Cantor highlights some of the effects that the Black Death had on religion. The other was a rare form of cattle disease, the most likely culprit being anthrax. Wealthier peasants were able to take advantage of the "social dislocation caused by the plague, and poorer peasants sank further into dependence and misery" p.

Joan tragically died of the plague in Bordeaux, which was devastated by the Black Death p. As the comet travels, it expels large quantities of dust when it passes close to stars. Since land was at a premium, these herds were raised in congested conditions, a prime breeding ground for disease.

I especially enjoyed the mini-biographies presented on the various individuals afflicted with the disease. In the second section of the book, Cantor looks at the impact of the disease on various segments of 14th century society.

The destruction of the forests significantly reduced the supply of wild game. While it might not be the in-depth analysis that medieval scholars would look for on this subject, it was exactly what I a casual history buff wanted when I picked it up: Many Christians saw the Jew's practice of the Kaballah, with its mystical and astrological components, as constituting a kind of black magic.

Not since Barbara Tuchman's "A Distant Mirror" have medieval men and women been brought so vividly to life. This coupled with the loss of life among the clergy, destabilized the church infrastructure and gave rise to various reform movements, which eventually broke apart the Catholic Church.

Up until the death of Princess Joan, the royal families of Europe and the aristocracy were able to ignore the seriousness of the disease. The Black Death had shaken the people's faith in God and in his spokespersons.

In terms of content, the biomedical research is the most provocative and controversial portion of this book. While conditions in outer space would not allow for this matter to be replicated, the conditions on comets would be conducive to the replication of organic matter.

Part of this suspicion was due to religious and economic reasons. Inan excavation in Scotland uncovered a mass grave for Black Death victims.

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In the first section of the book, the focus is on the latest biomedical evidence on the Black Death. In the Wake of the Plague provides a great overview on the Black Death for the novice. At many points in the reading, I felt as if I was being talked down to.In the Wake of the Plague Published by dfaduke.com User, 8 years ago Anyone who is fascinated by history and particularly the effects major diseases have had on world historythis is a must read!

Professor Norman Cantor talked about his book, In the Wake of The Plague: The Black Death and The World It Made, published by The Free dfaduke.com book analyzes the social and political impact of.

New & Used Books | Buy Cheap Books Online at ThriftBooks20% Off Referral Discount · Shop +13 Million Books · Free Shipping Over $10Types: Edu & Reference, Lit & Fiction, Children's Books, Religion & Spirituality. The great plague that struck in the midth century, and returned intermittently for centuries thereafter, had a mortality rate of perhaps 40% and consequently ushered in several profound changes.

In the Wake of the Plague: The Black Death and the World It Made

A New York Times bestseller, In the Wake of the Plague is a fascinating study of the cultural and religious consequences of one of the deadliest tragedies to befall humanity: the black plague.

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In the Wake of the Plague

A New York Times bestseller, In the Wake of the Plague is a fascinating study of the cultural and religious consequences of one of the deadliest tragedies to befall humanity: the black dfaduke.com rigorously scientific in his approach, Norman F. Cantor has produced an unforgettable narrative that in many ways employs the novelist’s skill for dfaduke.com Edition: Reissue.

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