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The Black Death: Natural and Human Disaster in Medieval Europe by Robert S. Gottfried.

DESCRIPTION: Softcover: 203 pages. Publisher: The Free Press; (1985). ISBN: 0029123704. 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 AD 1347 to 1351. Drawing on sources as diverse as monastic manuscripts and dendro-chronological 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.

CONDITION: New, never read, remainder mark on bottom.




REVIEW: Depicts the spread of the epidemic of the "black death" (bubonic plague) throughout Europe, and examines the disease's impact on the society of the Middle Ages. Robert S. Gottfried is Professor of History and Director of Medieval Studies at Rutgers University. Among his other books is "Epidemic Disease in Fifteenth Century England".


REVIEW: An engrossing study. The epidemiology of plague and its introduction into Europe, the details of its devastation of various regions, and the economic consequences of the pandemic, all representing the scholarly consensus and well told. Gottfried leaves us with a better understanding of how humans turned out to be at the mercy of changes in insect and rodent ecology.

REVIEW: Intriguing description of the social and economic effects of the plague, particularly its impact on the medical profession. Professor Gottfried describes the process in brisk and stimulating style. Marks a distinct intellectual advance, a powerful reminder of how drastically ecological balances can be upset.

REVIEW: Gottfried's own historical expertise serves him well in describing the broad tears, temporary patches, and eventual retailoring of the fabric of medieval life. Gottfried's examination of the Black Death can help us to understand ourselves as well as our darkest past.


REVIEW: There is no other subject other than "The Black Death" that has aroused so many chilling stories around it. From Bocaccio's "Decameron" to Stephen King's "The Stand" thru Poe's "The Masque of the Red Death" and Stewart's "Earth Abides", innumerable literary works had grown from these memories. It has left an inextinguishable fear of sudden death and extinction by the appearance of a deadly pestilence. Professor Gottfried has written a very comprehensive study, examining different aspects as climate, sanitary status, and medical knowledge at those times, in order to establish a solid background to his investigation.

In a comparatively short text, he is able to give the reader, a very complete picture of the dreadful events occurred in Europe between 1347 and 1351 A.D. The book starts with a study of the different plagues occurred in the Ancient World comparing their evolution and effects on the Mediterranean populations. It follows with a description of Europe between years 1050 and 1347 taking into account: population, political system, agriculture, religion and commerce. Finally it describes what happens from the initial appearance of the pestilence at the port of Messina and its vertiginous spread all over Europe.

Mortality is estimated in 25% of the total population, with peaks of 50% in certain cities. Chaos and under population affected the region for at least two centuries. Professor Gottfried extracts lots of information from contemporary texts, giving a very attractive rhythm to the narration, without omitting references to more complex sources. At the end of the book a very detailed bibliography is given, so the reader interested in the subject may expand the research for himself.

REVIEW: In this book, Professor Gottfried gives us an in-depth, and yet easy to read analysis of the Black Death of the late 14th century, as well as earlier and later epidemics of various diseases. The first chapter is an examination of the three varieties of plague; bubonic (with a 50%-60% mortality), pneumonic (with a 95%-100% mortality), and septicaemic (mortality unknown as of the writing of this book). The following chapters examine the history of plagues, and the effects these had on Western and Middle-Eastern civilization.

I particularly appreciated the author's use of first-hand accounts in this book, which really served to keep the dialogue from ever becoming too dry and academic. This book is easy to read, with the issues made quite apparent. For example, the author was careful to delineate what epidemics included the pneumonic strain that produced such horrific mortality in many locations. I was also impressed with the author's examination the plague's affects on the Islamic world, not just confining his examination to Europe. This book is easy to read and understand, and a great reference for anyone (academic or not, such as myself) interested in the Black Death. I recommend this book absolutely and without qualification.

REVIEW: This book is a long time favorite: history as it ought to be taught and presented. Gottfried has a lucid style that is easy to read, understand and remember. The book reads more interestingly than much fiction, and presents everything from a history of disease and epidemics to examples of historical detective work: what was the mortality rate in an area? Well, how many people paid taxes one year, and how many paid the next year? This is a book that I pick up and re-read when I can't think what else I'm in the mood for. It's still fascinating after three or four readings and at least as many browsings and scannings. Highly recommended.

REVIEW: In this work, Gottfried presents the reader with a fairly graphic and well-researched accounting of the Black Death. It was interesting to see not only how devastating the Black Death was, but also how resilient human populations are, even when faced with multiple population-depleting disasters. It was also quite interesting to see exactly how the Black Death changed society, and how it actually made life better for most of those who survived it. Probably my favorite chapter was the one that dealt with how it changed the entire medical profession. Whereas pre-plague, the citizenry relied on 1,000 year old texts, the failure of medicine to prevent or stop the plague brought about radical changes in how medicine was studied and practiced.

I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. This book is shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). All domestic shipments and most international shipments will include free USPS Delivery Confirmation (you might be able to update the status of your shipment on-line at the USPS Web Site and free insurance coverage). A small percentage of international shipments may require an additional fee for tracking and/or delivery confirmation. If you are concerned about a little wear and tear to the book in transit, I would suggest a boxed shipment - it is an extra $1.00. Whether via padded mailer or box, we will give discounts for multiple purchases. International orders are welcome, but shipping costs are substantially higher.

Most international orders cost an additional $15.99 for insured USPS global priority mail (padded flat rate envelope) with delivery confirmation. Rates vary a bit from country to country, and not all books will fit into a USPS global priority mail flat rate envelope. Some international orders can be sent standard airmail for less. You can email or message me for a shipping cost quote, but I assure you they are as reasonable as USPS rates allow, and if it turns out the rate is too high for your pocketbook, we will cancel the sale at your request. ADDITIONAL PURCHASES do receive a VERY LARGE discount, typically about $5 per book (for each additional book after the first) so as to reward you for the economies of combined shipping/insurance costs. Your purchase will ordinarily be shipped within 48 hours of payment. We package as well as anyone in the business, with lots of protective padding and containers.

All of our shipments are sent via insured mail so as to comply with PayPal requirements. We do NOT recommend uninsured shipments, and expressly disclaim any responsibility for the loss of an uninsured shipment. Unfortunately the contents of parcels are easily “lost” or misdelivered by postal employees – even in the USA. That’s why all of our domestic shipments (and most international) shipments include a USPS delivery confirmation tag; or are trackable or traceable, and all shipments (international and domestic) are insured. We do offer U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail, Registered Mail, and Express Mail for both international and domestic shipments, as well United Parcel Service (UPS) and Federal Express (Fed-Ex). Please ask for a rate quotation. We will accept whatever payment method you are most comfortable with. If upon receipt of the item you are disappointed for any reason whatever, I offer a no questions asked return policy. Send it back, I will give you a complete refund of the purchase price (less our original shipping costs).

Most of the items I offer come from the collection of a family friend who was active in the field of Archaeology for over forty years. However many of the items also come from purchases I make in Eastern Europe, India, and from the Levant (Eastern Mediterranean/Near East) from various institutions and dealers. Though I have always had an interest in archaeology, my own academic background was in sociology and cultural anthropology. After my retirement however, I found myself drawn to archaeology as well. Aside from my own personal collection, I have made extensive and frequent additions of my own via purchases on Ebay (of course), as well as many purchases from both dealers and institutions throughout the world - but especially in the Near East and in Eastern Europe. I spend over half of my year out of the United States, and have spent much of my life either in India or Eastern Europe. In fact much of what we generate on Yahoo, Amazon and Ebay goes to support The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, as well as some other worthy institutions in Europe connected with Anthropology and Archaeology.

I acquire some small but interesting collections overseas from time-to-time, and have as well some duplicate items within my own collection which I occasionally decide to part with. Though I have a collection of ancient coins numbering in the tens of thousands, my primary interest is in ancient jewelry. My wife also is an active participant in the "business" of antique and ancient jewelry, and is from Russia. I would be happy to provide you with a certificate/guarantee of authenticity for any item you purchase from me. There is a $2 fee for mailing under separate cover. Whenever I am overseas I have made arrangements for purchases to be shipped out via domestic mail. If I am in the field, you may have to wait for a week or two for a COA to arrive via international air mail. But you can be sure your purchase will arrive properly packaged and promptly - even if I am absent. And when I am in a remote field location with merely a notebook computer, at times I am not able to access my email for a day or two, so be patient, I will always respond to every email. Please see our "ADDITIONAL TERMS OF SALE."

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