9780415927161

From the Brink of the Apocalypse: Confronting Famine, War, Plague, and Death in the Later Middle Ages

ISBN 10: 0415927161 / 0-415-92716-1
ISBN 13: 9780415927161
Publisher: Brunner-Routledge
Publication Date: 2001
Binding: Softcover
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Synopsis:

The late middle ages were marked by unprecedented chaos. At no other time in history did so much misery-war, famine, plague, and death-converge in such a short span of time. It is no wonder that late medieval men and women believed that the Apocalypse was upon them. It is this unlucky confluence, and the resulting attitudes and beliefs of medieval peoples, that historian John Aberth explores in this original work. Taking his thematic cues from the biblical Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Aberth describes this period of unrivaled strife in a compelling, accessible narrative, and takes to task the conventional notion that the later middle ages represented a period of cultural decline. He presents a more nuanced and complex understanding of the late medieval period, and also proves that the story of how late medieval men and women bravely faced down the Apocalypse is "worth the telling for the sheer drama of it."


Review:

"Thorough, balanced, and courteous in tone, this survey of the social, political, and moral landscape of the late Middle Ages inspires confidence even when it invites disagreement. Aberth is especially good on the literature and visual art of the period."

Eamon Duffy, New York Review of Books, May 23, 2002

 

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