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Florence under siege : surviving plague in an early modern city

Author: John Henderson
Publisher: New Haven, Conn. : Yale University Press, [2019] ©2019
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A vivid recreation of how the governors and governed of early seventeenth-century Florence confronted, suffered, and survived a major epidemic of plague. Plague remains the paradigm against which reactions to many epidemics are often judged. Here, John Henderson examines how a major city fought, suffered, and survived the impact of plague. Going beyond traditional oppositions between rich and poor, this book  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Pest
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Henderson
ISBN: 9780300196344 0300196342
OCLC Number: 1080427415
Description: xviii, 363 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly colour), maps ; 25 cm
Contents: 1 Plague and public health in Italy and Europe --
2 The invasion of plague in early modern Italy --
3 Medicine, the environment and the poor --
4 Treating the body of the city and the body of the poor --
5 The impact of plague and quarantine --
Part II Religion, isolation and survival / 6 Religion in the time of plague --
7 Lazaretti and isolation: 'More feared than death itself'? --
8 Surviving plague --
9 Epilogue: The return and end of plague, 1632-3.
Responsibility: John Henderson.

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