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Florence Under Siege: Surviving Plague in an Early Modern City

John Henderson


Plague remains the paradigm against which reactions to many epidemics are often judged. This book examines how a major city fought, suffered, and survived the impact of plague. Going beyond traditional oppositions between rich and poor, the book provides a nuanced and more compassionate interpretation of government policies in practice, by recreating the very human reactions and survival strategies of families and individuals. From the evocation of the overcrowded conditions in isolation hospitals to the splendor of religious processions, the book analyzes Florentine reactions within a wider E ... More

Keywords: plague, sick, dying, epidemic, isolation hospitals, religious processions, Florence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780300196344
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300196344.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Henderson, author
Birkbeck, University of London