Today we are continuing our series on the History of Pandemics. We are back in the Middle Ages with the second part of the Black Death episode. We are so lucky to have our brilliant resident historian, Daniel Schmidt to guide us and answer all our questions. If you missed part one we highly recommend you go back and listen to that first as a lot of today’s information is based on that foundation. We hope you enjoy what is no doubt the result of many hours of research and hard work on Daniel’s part.
Major research was gained from the seminal book on the 14th century by Barbara Tuckman called A Distant Mirror. It’s dire, it’s hilarious and brings out the fact that Middle Ages people were just as crass, interesting, emotional and complicated as we are today.
The book The Great Leveler is an amazing resource for delving into the complicated history of disease and calamitous social revolutions and upheavals.
The book Epidemics and Society takes a long shadow view to look at the lasting social impacts of the Black Death and related diseases.
The Great Courses series called The Black Death: The World’s Most Devastating Plague will make you a mini mad scientist with its 24 lectures on everything from biological to commercial to religious aspects of the pandemic:
If you do enjoy what you hear, Dan has requested that you donate a few pounds, euros, dollars, karuna…whatever currency you have to an organization that helps refugees from Syria get resettled in the UK. This community is one of the hardest hit by our current pandemic and could use your support.
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Music: Carefree by Kevin MacLeod