While Cantor has made the Middle Ages his specialty in his teaching and writing career, the depth of analysis left this reader wanting.
Finally, the Black Death marked an economic sea change: The peasants were able to acquire better wages and benefits in a market short on labor. By the time of the outbreaks, the Jews were exclusively urbanized and segregated into their own districts within cities.
In the second section of the book, Cantor looks at the impact of the disease on various segments of 14th century society.
While the death toll was high among the peasants who worked the farms, the population explosion of the 13th century ensured that these losses were not felt for another generation. Finally, the book concludes with an examination of the origins of the Black Death. The destruction of the forests significantly reduced the supply of wild game.
In the first section of the book, the focus is on the latest biomedical evidence on the Black Death. In order to provide the required food for larger populations, forests were cleared so that more arable land could be used.
It was also purported that earthquakes had released these animals from below the ground to wreak havoc on the population.
In terms of content, the biomedical research is the most provocative and controversial portion of this book. In the 's, the shortage of workers gave the peasants more clout in dealing with their landlords.
According to this theory, space is full of matter having characteristics similar to bacteria. Cantor relies on archeological evidence and historical documentation to support his claim. In the third section of the book, the focus is on historical beliefs about the Black Death.
Peasants had formerly identified their place in society by who their lord was. In effect, the Black Deathheralded an intellectual revolution.
One way to wipe out a debt was to accuse the lender of a sinister crime, such as poisoning people. Since land was at a premium, these herds were raised in congested conditions, a prime breeding ground for disease. Since the 14th century was the beginning of the witchcraft hysteria, the Jews were susceptible to this paranoia.
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. Within the site, three anthrax spores were found. This book will be welcomed by anyone who wants a good introduction to the topic.
Cantor relies on archeological evidence and historical documentation to support his claim. Powell's The author, currently an emeritus professor at New York University, has had a distinguished career as a medieval historian, and his textbook The Civilization of the Middle Ages has been popular with many students over many years.
In terms of content, the biomedical research is the most provocative and controversial portion of this book. While the death toll was high among the peasants who worked the farms, the population explosion of the 13th century ensured that these losses were not felt for another generation.
In the first section of the book, the focus is on the latest biomedical evidence on the Black Death. As the logic went, ships would transport the disease while making there way from port to port.
Cantor concludes this section with a look at the treatment the Jewish people received during the spread of the disease. Norman F. Cantor, In the Wake of the Plague (New York: Harper Collins First Perennial edition, ) examines how the bubonic plague, or Black Death, affected Europe in the fourteenth century.
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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. Though rigorously scientific in his approach, Norman F.
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