Life in a Time of Pestilence: The Great Castilian Plague of 1596-1601 (Hardback)Ruth MacKay (author)
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Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 600 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 x 19 mm
'MacKay's account stands out for the originality of its approach. Through innumerable examples, she tells the story of a society that does not passively succumb to the approach of disease but looks for ways to halt its onward march and deal with its consequences. In doing so she brings us poignantly close both to the victims and the survivors.' John Elliott, University of Oxford
'Plague studies are legion, but this is in a class by itself. Beautifully written and deeply- researched, this engaging study breathes life into one of those moments in history otherwise associated with suffering, stagnation and death.' Richard L. Kagan, The John Hopkins University
'MacKay excavates the extraordinary experience of epidemic disease to lay bare the values and concepts that structured the lives of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Spaniards. Deeply researched, elegantly argued, this book brings to life the everyday political culture of early modern Spain.' A. Katie Stirling-Harris, University of California, Davis
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