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The Black Death Transformed: Disease and Culture in Early Renaissance Europe
by Sam K. Cohn
Paperback from Edward Arnold

The Barbary Plague: The Black Death in Victorian San Francisco
by Marilyn Chase
Hardcover from Random House

The Black Death and the Transformation of the West
by David Herlihy, Samuel K. Cohn
Paperback from Harvard Univ Pr

The Black Death
by Robert S. Gottfried, Phyllis Corzine
Book Description: 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.
Paperback from Free Press

Black Death, White Medicine : Bubonic Plague and the Politics of Public Health in Colonial Senegal, 1914-1945
by Myron Echenberg
Paperback from Heinemann

The Black Death & the Dancing Mania
by J. F. C. Hecker, B. G. Babington
Paperback from Indypublish.Com

The Black Death: A History of Plagues 1345-1730
by William Naphy, Andrew Spicer
Paperback: 192 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.60 x 9.40 x 6.70
Publisher: Tempus Pub Ltd; (March )
ISBN: 0752423088

In the Wake of the Plague: The Black Death and the World It Made
by Norman F. Cantor
One-third of Western Europe's population died between 1348 and 1350, victims of the Black Death. Noted medievalist Norman Cantor tells the story of the pandemic and its widespread effects in In the Wake of the Plague

After giving an overview, Cantor describes various theories about the medical crisis, from contemporary fears of a Jewish conspiracy to poison the water (and the resulting atrocities against European Jews) to a growing belief among modern historians that both bubonic plague and anthrax caused the spiraling death rates. Cantor also details ways in which the Black Death changed history, at both the personal level (family lines dying out) and the political (the Plantagenet kings may well have been able to hold onto France had their resources not been so diminished). 

Cantor veers from topic to topic, from dynastic worries to the Dance of Death, and from peasants' rights to Perpendicular Gothic. This makes for amusing reading, though those seeking an orderly narrative may be frustrated. He also seems overly concerned with rumors of homosexual behavior, and his attempt to link the savage method of Edward II's murder to a cooling in global weather is a bit farfetched. 

Cantor wears his considerable scholarship lightly, but includes a very useful critical biography for further reading. While not an entry-level text on the Black Death, In the Wake of the Plague will interest readers looking for a broader interpretation of its consequences. --Sunny Delaney -
Paperback: 272 pages
Harper Perennial; ISBN: 0060014342; 1st perenn edition (April 16, )

A Journal of the Plague Year (Modern Library Classics)
by Daniel Defoe, Jason Goodwin (Introduction)

King Death: The Black Death and Its Aftermath in Late-Medieval England
by Colin Platt
Paperback from Univ of Toronto Pr

Painting in Florence and Siena after the Black Death
by Millard Meiss
Paperback from Princeton Univ Pr

A History of the Black Death in Ireland
by Maria Kelly
Paperback from Tempus Pub Ltd

Daughters, Wives and Widows After the Black Death: Women in Sussex, 1350-1535
by Mavis E. Mate
Hardcover from Univ of Rochester Pr

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