Life in a Time of Pestilence -

Life in a Time of Pestilence

The Great Castilian Plague of 1596-1601

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From the Middle Ages onwards, deadly epidemics swept through portions of Spain repeatedly, but the Castilian Plague at the end of the sixteenth century was especially terrible. In late 1596, a ship carrying the plague docked in Santander, and over the next five years the disease killed some 500,000 people in Castile, around 10 percent of the population. Plague is traditionally understood to have triggered chaos and madness. By contrast, Ruth Mackay focuses on the sites of everyday life, exploring how beliefs, practices, laws, and relationships endured even under the onslaught of disease. She takes an original and holistic approach to understanding the impact of plague, and explores how the epidemic was understood and managed by everyday people. Offering a fresh perspective on the social, political, and economic history of Spain, this original and engaging book demonstrates how, even in the midst of chaos, life carried on.

Product code: 9781108498203

ISBN 9781108498203
No. Of Pages 288
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H235xW159xS19
From the Middle Ages onwards, deadly epidemics swept through Spain repeatedly, but the Castilian Plague of 1596 was especially terrible. Rejecting traditional interpretations, this places the epidemic in communities' long-standing political practices, culture, and law to understand how it was experienced, understood, and managed by everyday people.