Understanding Plague

Un libro in lingua di Garza randal P. edito da Peter Lang Pub Inc, 2008

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The plagues of the 14th through the 17th century have been studied from any number of angles, but the effects of the plagues in Spain have largely been ignored. Garza (Spanish, University of Tennessee at Martin) sifts through the documents for both medical and literary reactions. He begins with a review of the history of the Plague and how it affected other countries. He then examines the work of Spanish doctors on avoiding getting the disease and the social consequences of the recurring plagues that scourged Spain in the 13th and 14th centuries. Lastly, he shows how popular beliefs were reflected in literature. His conclusion is that the trauma of the plague years hit Spain just as much as the rest of Europe and that in many ways the literature was an attempt to return to a less complicated time. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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