The Dance of Death in Late Medieval and Renaissance Europe: Environmental Stress, Mortality and Social Response (Routledge Environmental Humanities)

December 1, 2020
The Dance of Death in Late Medieval and Renaissance Europe: Environmental Stress, Mortality and Social Response (Routledge Environmental Humanities)

This volume investigates environmental and political crises thatoccurred in Europe during the late Middle Ages and the early ModernPeriod, and considers their effects on people's lives. At thistime, the fragile human existence was imagined as a 'Dance ofDeath', where anyone, regardless of social status or age, couldperish unexpectedly. This book covers events ranging from coolingtemperatures and the onset of the Little Ice Age, to the frequentoccurrence of epidemic disease, pest infestations, food shortagesand famines.Covering the mid-fourteenth to mid-seventeenth centuries, thiscollection of essays considers a range of countries between Iceland(to the north), Italy (to the south), France (to the west) and thewesternmost parts of Russia (to the east). This wide-reachingvolume considers how deeply climate variability and changesaffected and changed society in the late medieval to early modernperiod, and asks what factors, other than climate, interfered inthe development of environmental stress and socio-economiccrises.This book will be of great interest to students and scholars ofEnvironmental and Climate History, Environmental Humanities,Medieval and Early Modern History and Historical Geography, as wellas Climate Change and Environmental Sciences.