From the Brink of the Apocalypse : Confronting Famine, War, Plague, and Death in the Later Middle Ages
by John Aberth
Editor: Taylor & Francis Ltd
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Praise for the first edition:”Aberth wears his very considerable, and up-to-date stock exchange lightly and that his study of a series of complex and dark calamites is done remarkably brightly.”Barrie Dobson, Honorary Professor of History at York University in Late Middle Ages was a period of equal chaos and misery-in the form of war, famine, plague and death.Sometimes it must have seemed like the end of the world really was within easy reach.And yet, as Jean Aberth reveals in this lively working quarter, from the end of the Middle Ages, cultural Europeans have hypotheses particularly well equipped to face postively the enormous problems they are confronted with.Drawing on the rich literature, history and sources of material, the book brings this period and its living beliefs and attitudes to life.The sound recording of themes from the Four Cavaliers of the Apocalypse, Jean Aberth describes how the lives of ordinary people, were transformed by a series of crises, including the Great Famine, Black Death and Hundred Years War.But it also shows how prayers, chronicles, poetry, and above all commemorative art of revealing an optimist of people whose belief in the apocalypse, in a way, gave them the ability to transcend the difficulties they were encountering on this earth.This second edition is completely updated with recent studies, and the scope of the book is expanded to include many more examples from continental Europe.The new, completely revised edition, sections on famine, war and plague, and a new epitaph.The book draws inspiration from some bold new findings and raises important questions, which will be a fascinating reading for all students and readers in general, with an interest in medieval history.
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