Research Paper Proposal: The Black Death

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The anticipated research paper will be taking into consideration the perspectives of the individuals that lived and died as a result of the Black Death, specifically from the year 1348 CE – 1350 CE and in the better known parts of the world during that period, the reactions, preventative measure that were taken to combat the plague, the religious and governmental response. In the collection of primary sources amassed by John Aberth in The Black Death, 1348-1350: the great mortality of 1348-1350 ; a brief history with documents1 he very succinctly provides a condensed description of each document by giving a background of the author as well as the source of the primary source. Aberth manages to do this while remaining impartial, an…show more content…
In their determination, “Jupiter, being wet and hot, draws up evil vapors from the earth, and Mars, because it is immediately dry and hot, then ignites the vapors, and as a result there were lightnings, sparks, noxious vapors and fires throughout the air.”4 Rosemary Horrox's The Black Death5 is entirely confined to Europe in the areas that presently comprise the United Kingdom6, Italy and France, and covers the plague through the first to the fourth outbreak. Horrox's book is similar to Aberth's Great Mortality in that it provides a selection of primary sources which, although they span the various outbreaks, also give insight to the medieval reaction. Additionally, Horrox subsequently goes into the reactions and consequences of the plague in the same way that Aberth does in From the brink of the apocalypse, only she provides primary sources for these. Before each selection of primary sources Horrox puts them into context consequently providing a set-up to each group of sources. This method comes across as much more organized than Aberth's Apocalypse from a research standpoint as it is much easier to isolate the information one may need. Like Aberth, Horrox maintains an impartiality in her book so that the reader can read the primary sources and experience the emotions uninfluenced and unbiased. Using the availability of notary's documentation, Richard W. Emery's The Black Death
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