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Encyclopedia of the Black Death.


Encyclopedia of the Black Death.

Byrne, Joseph P.



429 pages




During the 14th, 15th, and 16th centuries, epidemics of uncontrollable dancing broke out in communities affected by the Black Plague. General readers in high school and up will learn this and many other interesting facts in this reference of 300 entries and b&w historical illustrations. The book covers the second plague pandemic in Europe and the Islamic world, 1347-1770. With entries on alchemy and Allah, the Bible and astrology, as well as the origins of Black Death, the book touches on medical issues as well as historical and political background, cultural attitudes, society's reactions, and religion's role. Some entries are oriented toward modern-day perspectives, such as the contemporary debate over the medical nature of Black Death and its relationship to HIV/AIDS, while other entries take readers into historical times, describing corpse carriers and gravediggers, witches, home remedies, artistic and literary expressions, and female medical practitioners. There are also entries on key political and religious leaders, scientists, philosophers, and writers. Byrne teaches humanities at Belmont University.

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