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Patterns of Plague

Changing Ideas about Plague in England and France, 1348-1750

by (author) Lori Jones

Publisher
McGill-Queen's University Press
Initial publish date
Jun 2022
Category
General, Social History, History
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780228010807
    Publish Date
    Jun 2022
    List Price
    $39.95
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9780228010791
    Publish Date
    Jun 2022
    List Price
    $130.00
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9780228012993
    Publish Date
    Jun 2022
    List Price
    $130.00

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For centuries, recurrent plague outbreaks took a grim toll on populations across Europe and Asia. While medical interventions and treatments did not change significantly from the fourteenth century to the eighteenth century, understandings of where and how plague originated did.

Through an innovative reading of medical advice literature produced in England and France, Patterns of Plague explores these changing perceptions across four centuries. When plague appeared in the Mediterranean region in 1348, physicians believed the epidemic’s timing and spread could be explained logically and the disease could be successfully treated. This confidence resulted in the widespread and long-term circulation of plague tracts, which described the causes and signs of the disease, offered advice for preventing infection, and recommended therapies in a largely consistent style. What, where, and especially who was blamed for plague outbreaks changed considerably, however, as political, religious, economic, intellectual, medical, and even publication circumstances evolved.

Patterns of Plague sheds light on what was consistent about plague thinking and what was idiosyncratic to particular places and times, revealing the many factors that influence how people understand and respond to epidemic disease.

About the author

Lori Jones is a historian of medieval and early modern medicine at Carleton University and the University of Ottawa.

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Editorial Reviews

Patterns of Plague is an innovative, well-crafted and important study in intellectual, cultural, and medical history. Jones's writing is sophisticated and her interpretations original and well-substantiated.” Mary Lindemann, University of Miami