Based on testaments and notarial contracts, this examination of the Black Death of 1348 argues for social resilience in Bologna. The notarial record demonstrates that notaries, officials, medical practitioners, and clergy served the populace, while families remained intact and the populace resisted flight.
List of tables, figures, and maps -- A note on currency, names, and titles -- Introduction -- The notarial evidence : testaments in the libri memoriali, demaniale, and the provvisori -- lluminating the dark century : notarial evidence on Bologna's civic life -- Social reactions of the populace during the Black Death -- Public persons during the Black Death -- Neighborhood activity during the Black Death -- The individual and the family -- Conclusion -- Map of Bologna -- Map of parishes of Bologna -- List of parishes for map of parishes of Bologna
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