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Black Death, 1348
Features map depicting the course of the plague through Europe and signs of and reactions to the disease.
Boccaccio: The Decameron - Introduction
Onset of the Black Death, described by Giovanni Boccaccio (1313-1375).
Black Death and the Jews 1348-1349 CE
From the Jewish History Sourcebook.
Black Plague Web Directory
Provides links to general information and primary sources.
Statute of Laborers, 1351
Representative of the long-term problems of labor shortage caused by the Black Death.
Black Plague Simulation
Lesson simulating a pilgrimage during the time of the Black Plague epidemic.
Ordinance of Laborers, 1349
Vain attempt to freeze wages at their pre-plague levels, indicative of the labor shortage caused by the Black Death.
History of Western Civilization: The Black Death
Includes origins, contemporary accounts, and effects.
Black Death - Culprit: Oriental Rat Flea
Describes the plague and the role that fleas played in transmitting the epidemic.
PBS: Mystery of the Black Death
Scientists study DNA to determine whether a genetic mutation saved the villagers of Eyam from death from the Black Plague. From the PBS series Secrets of the Dead.
Online Reference Book for Medieval Studies: The Black Death
Outlines the origins of the plague, its approach on Europe, forms and description of the disease, economic and cultural effects, and more.
Decameron Web Plague Page
Includes contemporary perspectives, origins, causes, effects, and the plague as a literary motif.
Plague and Public Health in Renaissance Europe
Archive of narratives, medical consilia, and religious and spiritual writings.