The Black Death: Natural and Human Disaster in Medieval Europe
Robert S. Gottfried is Professor of History and Director of Medieval Studies at Rutgers University. Among his other books is "Epidemic Disease in Fifteenth Century England."
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Siena , 30 miles south of Florence , was one of Europe's most important banking
centers.as The chronicler Agnolo di Tura ( The Fat ) wrote a vivid description of
the Black Death : The mortality in Siena began in May . It was a cruel and horrible
Three examples - the towns of Siena and Bury St. Edmunds , and the kingdom of
France - illustrate the variety of responses . “ Siena lost over half its people during
the Black Death , and its bureaucracy suffered accordingly . Experienced ...
The new economy and taxation system brought other social changes in Siena .
There was an increase in violence and crime . Much was part of the general
increase in crime which accompanied the decay of the trifunctional system , but in
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