The Black Death Transformed: Disease and Culture in Early Renaissance Europe (Arnold Publication)

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The Black Death in Europe, from its arrival in 1347-52 through successive waves into the early modern period, has been seriously misunderstood. Unshackled from this misconception, this book turns to its subject afresh, using sources spread across geographical tract, from Lisbon to Uzbekistan, Sicily to Scotland.

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This is a book without comparison. Cohn has successfully undertaken the formidable task of dealing with a major and controversial topic over a vast period of time and within a geographical area that stretches from England to India. Well-conceived, imaginative, and strongly argued, The Black Death Transformed is a definitive work on an important and much studied subject and will remain so for a long time. (William M. Bowsky, Professor Emeritus, University)

Finally, here is a book that examines original sources throughout Europe to challenge convincingly the age-old paradigm of the Black Death as bubonic plague. (Dr John Henderson, Wolfson College, Cambridge)

...delightfully readable. Conveys an ambitious and ultimately convincing argument in precise, often amusing prose. Cohn displays a combination of academic rigour and the ability to render the complex intriguing. (The Independent)

...a fascinating account. (New Scientist)

The impressive level of primary and secondary research, will make this well written and readable work impossible for historians to ignore. Highly recommended. (CHOICE 2003-04-25)

Well-conceived and well-argued, The Black Death Transformed will remain an important work for many years to come. (International Journal of Epidemiology 2003-02-25)

A penetrating and exhuastive study.... (History of Medicine 2002-10-11)

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Samuel K. Cohn, Jr. - Professor of Medieval History, University of Glasgow, UK.

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