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The Black Death 1332-1352

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The purpose of this project is to pull together profiles of people directly affected by the Black Death. Across Asia and Europe, at least a third of the population died, more in some places, less than others; the population of the Old World fell from an estimated 450 million to 350-375 million people.

Add in profiles of people who died during the plague years of the Black Death; they won't all have died of the Black Death itself, but a high percentage of them will; and all of them were part of that first quick and dreadful plague. The plague would continue to recur, but it never again came back with the same ferocity.

Add in also the witnesses, the people who told the story, even if they survived; Boccaccio being an example.

Here are the years of the Black Death, by region:

China: 1332-1347

Constantinople (Istanbul): 1347-1348

Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Palestine: 1347-1348

Crimea: 1347-1348

Sicily: 1347-1348

Antioch: 1348-1349

Italy, Spain, Portugal, England: 1348-1349

Scandinavia: 1349-1350

Mecca, Baghdad, Mosul: 1349-1350

Northwest Russia: 1351-1352

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Most of the witnesses -- the writers of about 400 chronicles or literary works, and 200 medical tracts -- are unknown. Those whose names we have usually don't show up in the genealogical databases, because they were not connected to the genealogical lines we've been able to trace back to the Middle Ages. Such writers include:

John of Reading, a monk at Westminster

Marchione de Coppo Stefanus, an historian from Florence

Friar John Clyn, a Franciscan monk at Kilkenny

Guglielmo Cortusi of Padua, an historian

Ibn-al-Wardi, a Syrian historian who later died of the plague himself

Agnolo di Tura del Grasso, an Italian historian

William Langland, an English poet

Jean de Venette, a Carmelite friar in Paris

John of Fordun, a Scottish historian

Jean-Noel Biraben, a French physician

Michele da Piazza, an historian from Sicily

Muhammed ibn Battuta, a Moroccan historian

Abi Gafar Ahmed ibn Khatimah, Spanish physician

Abu Abdallah Muhammed ibn al-Khatib Lisad-ad Din, Moroccan physician and historian

Stephanus from Padua, Italian physician

Geoffrey le Baker (also called Walter of Swynbroke), an English historian

Research Aids

Bray, R.S. (1996). Armies of pestilence: The impact of disease on history. New York: Barnes and Noble Books.

  

Cantor, N.F. (2001). In the wake of the plague: The Black Death and the world it made. New York: Free Press.

Gottfried, R.S. (1983). The Black Death: Natural and human disaster in medieval Europe. New York: Free Press.

Kelly, J. (2005). The great mortality: An intimate history of the Black Death, the most devastating plague of all time. New York: Harper Collins.

Nikiforuk, A. (1993). The fourth horseman: A short history of epidemics, plagues, famine, and other scourges. New York: M. Evans and Co.

Orent, W. (2004). Plague: The mysterious past and terrifying future of the world's most dangerous disease. New York: Free Press.

Ziegler, P. (1969). The Black Death.