(Not all entries listed below are in the St. Michael’s College Library; if not in library or online databases, order through Interlibrary Loan)


Primary Sources

John Aberth, The Black Death:  The Great Mortality of 1348-1350 (A Brief History with Documents) (Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2005).


Rosemary Horrox, ed. And trans., The Black Death The Black Death (Manchester and New York:  Manchester University Press, 1994).


Johannes Nohl, The Black Death:  A Chronicle of the Plague (Compiled from Contemporary Sources, trans. C. H. Clarke (1924; New York:  Harper and Row, 1969).


Secondary Sources


John Aberth, From the Brink of the Apocalypse: Confronting Famine, War, Plague and Death in the Later Middle Ages (Routledge 2001)


Philippe Ariès, The Hour of Our Death.  Trans.  Helen Weaver (New York:  Oxford, 1991).


John Arrizabalaga, “Facing the Black Death:  perceptions and reactions of university medical practitioners.” In Luis Garcia-Ballester, Practical Medicine from Salerno to the Black Death, 237-288.


-----, et al., Medicine from the Black Death to the French Disease (Ashgate 1998).


Steven Bassett, ed.  Death in Towns (Leicester 1992)


Ole Jorgen Benedictow, Plague in the Late Medieval Nordic Countries (1992).


Paul Binski, Medieval Death:  Ritual and Representation (Ithaca:  Cornell, 1996).


Christine Boeckl, Images of Plague and Pestilence:  Iconography and Iconology (Kirksville, Missouri:  Truman State, 2000).


J. L. Bolton, “’The World Turned Upside Down’:  plague as an agent of economic and social change”.  In W. Mark Ormrod and P. G. Lindley, editors, The Black Death in England:  17-78.


William Bowsky, The Black Death: A Turning Point in History? (New York, 1971).


-----.  “The Impact of the Black Death Upon the Sienese Government and Society,” Speculum 39 (1) January 1964, pp. 1-34.


Caroline Bynum, “Disease and Death in the Middle Ages,” in Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry 9 (1985):  97-102


-----, ed., with Paul Freedman, Last Things: Death and the Apocalyse in the Middle Ages (Penn Press 1999).


Joseph P. Byrne, The Black Death (Westport, Connecticut:  Greenwood Press, 2004).


The Cambridge Historical Dictionary of Disease (Cambridge)


Ann Campbell, The Black Death and Men of Learning (Reprint, New York:  AMS Press, 1966).


Bruce Campbell, ed.  Before the Black Death:  Studies in the Crisis of the Early Fourteenth Century (Manchester, 1991).


Norman Cantor.  In the Wake of the Plague (Free Press 2001)


Ann Carmichael, “Infection, Hidden Hunger, and History,” in Journal of Interdisciplinary History 14, 2 (1983).


-----, Plague and Poor in Renaissance Florence (Cambridge:  Cambridge University Press, 1986).


Élizabeth Carpentier, Une ville devant la peste:  Orvieto et la peste noire de 1348 (Paris:  SEVPEN, 1962).


Pierre Charbonnier, “Society and the economy:  the crisis and its aftermath.”  In David Potter, editor, France in the Later Middle Ages, 1200-1500 (Oxford:  Oxford University Press, 2002):  117-129.


Samuel Kline Cohn, “The Black Death:  End of a Paradigm,” The American Historica Review 107 (2002):  703-38.


-----.  “The Black Death and the Burning of the Jews,” in Past and Present 196 (1) (August 2007):  3-36


-----.  The Black Death Transformed (Oxford 2002)


-----.  Creating the Florentine State:  Peasants and Rebellion, 1348-1434 (Cambridge 1999).


-----.  The Cult of Remembrance and the Black Death:  Six Renaissance Cities in Central Italy (Baltimore:  Johns Hopkins, 1992).


-----.  Death and Property in Siena (1988).


----- and Guido Alfani, “Households and Plague in Early Modern Italy,” in Journal of Interdisciplinary History Autumn 2007, vol. 38, issue 2:  177-205.


-----.  “The place of the dead in Flanders and Tuscany:  towards a comparative history of the Black Death”. In Bruce Gordon and Peter Marshall, editors,  The Place of the Dead:  Death and Remembrance in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe:  17-43.


George G. Coulton, The Black Death (London, 1929)


William Courtenay, “The Black Death and English Higher Education,” Speculum 45 (1980):  695-714.


Alfred Crosby, Ecological Imperialism:  The Biological Expansion of Europe, 900-1900 (1986).


William Dohar,  The Black Death and Pastoral Leadership (Philadelphia:  University of Pennsylvania Press, 1995).


Michael Dols, “The Comparative Communal Responses to the Black Death in Muslim and Christian Societies,” Viator 5 (1974):  269-87.


-----.  The Black Death in the Middle East (Princeton 1977).


Christopher Dyer, Making a Living in the Middle Ages:  The People of Britain 850-1520 (Yale 2002).


William Eamon, “Plagues, healers, and patients in early modern Europe,” Renaissance Quarterly 52:2 (1999): 474-486.  A review essay of recent studies.


Rebecca Eisen, Scott Bearden, et al., “Early-phase transmission of Yersinia pestis by unblocked fleas as a mechanism explaining rapidly spreading plague epizootics,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 10/17/2006 volume 103, issue 42:  15380-15385.


Anna Foa.  The Jews of Europe after the Black Death.  Trans. Andrea Grover (Berkeley:  University of California Press, 2000).


Katherine L. French, The Good Women of the Parish:  Gender and Religion After the Black Death (Philadelphia:  University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008).


Roger French, Medicine Before Science:  The Business of Medicine from the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment (Cambridge)


Roger French and Jon Arrizabalaga, eds., Medicine from the Black Death to the French Disease (Brookfield:  Ashgate, 1998).


Luis Garcia-Ballester et al., editors, Practical Medicine from Salerno to the Black Death (Cambridge:  Cambridge University Press, 1994).


Francis Gasquet, The Black Death of 1348 and 1349 (London, 1897; reprint New York:  AMS Press, 1977).


L. Genicot, “Crisis:  from the Middle Ages to Modern Times”, The Cambridge Economic History of Europe, vol. 1, ed. M. Postan, 2nd edition.


Thomas Gilbert, Jon Cuccui, William White, et al., “Absence of Yersinia pestis-specific DNA in human teeth from five European excavations of putative plague victims,” Microbiology February 2004 (volume 150, issue 2):  341-354.


Bruce Gordon and Peter Marshall, editors.  The Place of the Dead:  Death and Remembrance in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe (Cambridge:  Cambridge University Press, 2000).


Robert Gottfried, The Black Death:  Natural and Human Disaster in Medieval Europe (New York:  Free Press, 1983).


Frantisek Graus, Pest, Geisler, Judenmorde:  Das 14 Jahnhundert als Krisenzeit (Goettingen, 1987).


Monica H. Green, Women’s Healthcare in the Medieval West (Ashgate 2000)


Richard Francis Gyug, The Diocese of Barcelona during the Black Death (Toronto:  Pontificial Institute, 1994).


John Hatcher, “England in the Aftermath of the Black Death,” Past and Present 144 (August 1994):  3-35


John Henderson, “The Black Death in Florence:  Medical and Communal Responses.”  In Steven Bassett, ed., Death in Towns:  Urban Responses to the Dying and the Dead, 100-1600 (London:  Leicester University Press, 1992).


-----.  “Epidemics in Renaissance Florence,” in Maladies et société (xii-xviii siècles), ed. Bulst and R. Delort (1989).


David Herlihy, The Black Death and the Transformation of the West (Cambridge:  Harvard University Press, 1997)


-----.  Medieval and Renaissance Pistoia (Yale 1967).


Johann Huizinga, The Autumn of the Middle Ages (Chicago:  University of Chicago Press, 1996).  Some prefer the following translation:  The Waning of the Middle Ages. Trans. F. Hopman (London:  Edward Arnold, 1999; reprint of 1924 edition).


Maria Kelly, “’Unheard-of-mortality.’  The Black Death in Ireland,” in History Ireland 9 (4) 2001


Gavin Langmuir, Toward a Definition of Antisemitism (Berkeley:  University of California, 1990).


-----.  History, Religion, and Antisemitism (Berkeley:  University of California Press, 1990).


Robert Lerner, “The Black Death and Western European Eschatological Mentalities”.  In The Black Death, ed. D. Williman (1982).


J. R. Maddicott, “Plague in seventh-century England,” Past and Present:  A Journal of Historical Studies 156 (1997):  7-54.


Louise Marshall, “Manipulating the Sacred:  Image and Plague in Renaissance Italy,” Renaissance Quarterly 3 (1994):  485-532.


Mavis Mate.  Daughters, Wives, and Widows after the Black Death:  Women in Sussex, 1350-1535 (Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 1998).


Michael McCormick, Origins of the European Economy:  Communications and Commerce, AD 300-900 (Cambridge 2001).


David McNeil, “Plague and social attitudes in Renaissance Florence”.  In Paravicini Bagliani et al., The Regulation of Evil.


William McNeill, Plagues and Peoples (New York:  Ancor Books, Doublday 1976).


Christine Meek, ed.  Women in Renaissance and Early Modern Europe (Four Courts Press, 2000)


Millard Meiss, Painting in Florence and Siena after the Black Death (1951).


David Nicholas, Urban Europe, 1100-1700 (Palgrave 2003).


David Nirenberg.  Communities of Violence:  Persecution of Minorities in the Middle Ages (Princeton 1996).


Diana Norman, “Change and continuity:  art and religion after the Black Death”.  In Diana Norman, editor, Siena, Florence and Padua, I:  Art, Society, and Religion, 1280-1400 (New Haven:  Yale University Press, 1995):  176-195.


Mark Ormrod and Philip Lindley, eds.  The Black Death in England (Stamford:  Paul Watkins, 1996).


Robert Palmer, English Law in the Age of the Black Death, 1348-1381 (Chapel Hill:  University of North Carolina Press, 1993).


Agostino Paravicini Bagliani.  The Regulation of Evil:  Social and Cultural Attitudes to Epidemics in the Late Middle Ages (Florence, 1998). 


Katherine Park, Doctors and Medicine in Early Renaissance Florence (Princeton 1985).


Joseph Polzer, "Aspects of the Fourteenth Century Iconography of Death and the Plague”.  In Daniel Williman, editor,  The Black Death.  The Impact of the Fourteenth Century Plague (Binghamton, N. Y.:  SUNY, 1982):  108-129. 


Larry Poos, A Rural Society After the Black Death:  Essex 1350-1525 (Cambridge 1991).


Brian Pullan, “Plague and perceptions of the poor in early modern Italy”.  In Terence Ranger and Paul Slack, eds., Essays on the Historical Perception of Pestilence.


Terence Ranger and Paul Slack, eds., Essays on the Historical Perception of Pestilence (Cambridge 1992).


J. F. D. Shrewsbury, A History of the Bubonic Plague in the British Isles (Cambridge 1970).


Nancy Siriasi,  Medieval and Early Renaissance Medicine (Chicago 1990).


Kenneth Stow.  Alienated Minority:  The Jews of Medieval Latin Europe (Cambridge:  Harvard, 1992).


Dionysios Strathakopoulos, “The Justinian Plague Revisited,” Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies 24 (2000).


John M. Theilmann and Frances Cate, “A plague of plagues:  the problem of plague diagnosis in medieval England,” Journal of Interdisciplinary History 37 (3) 2006:  371-393.


Joan Thirsk, Alternative Agriculture.  A History from the Black Death to the Present Day. (Oxford 1997)


Gordon Twigg, The Black Death:  A Biological Appraisal  (London:  Batsford, 1984).


Manfred Vasold, “Die Ausbreitung des Schwarzen Todes in Deutschland nach 1348.  Zugleich ein Beitrag zur deutschen Bevoelkerungsgeschichte,“ Historische Zeitschrift 277:2 (2003):  281-308.


Sheldon Watts, Epidemics and History (1998).


Daniel Williman, ed.  The Black Death and the Impact of the Fourteenth Century Plague, (Binghamton, New York: Center for Medieval and Early Renaissance Studies, 1982).


Philip Ziegler, The Black Death (1969, reprinted 2000).


Hans Zinsser,  Rats, Lice, and History:  A Chronicle of Pestilence and Plagues (1934; reprinted 1969).