Post-classical history

The Great Mortality: An Intimate History of the Black Death, the Most Devastating Plague of All Time

The Great Mortality: An Intimate History of the Black Death, the Most Devastating Plague of All Time

La moria grandissima began its terrible journey across the European and Asian continents in 1347, leaving unimaginable devastation in its wake. Five years later, twenty-five million people were dead, felled by the scourge that would come to be called the Black Death. The Great Mortality is the extraordinary epic account of the worst natural disaster in European history -- a drama of courage, cowardice, misery, madness, and sacrifice that brilliantly illuminates humankind's darkest days when an old world ended and a new world was born.

Introduction

Chapter 1. Oimmeddam

Chapter 2. “They Are Monsters, Not Men”

Chapter 3. The Day Before the Day of the Dead

Chapter 4. Sicilian Autumn

Chapter 5. Villani’s Last Sentence

Chapter 6. The Curse of the Grand Master

Chapter 6. The New Galenism

Chapter 7. “Days of Death Without Sorrow”

Chapter 8. Heads to the West, Feet to the East

Chapter 9. God’s First Love

Chapter 10. “O Ye of Little Faith”

Chapter 11. “Only the End of the Beginning”

Afterword: The Plague Deniers

Notes