Bologna is well known for its powerful university and notariate of the thirteenth century, but the fourteenth-century city is less studied. This work redresses the imbalance in scholarship by examining social and economic life at mid-fourteenth century, particularly during the epidemic of plague, the Black Death of 1348. Arguing against medieval chroniclers' accounts of massive social, political, and religious breakdown, this examination of the immediate experience of the epidemic, based on notarial records--including over a thousand testaments--demonstrates resilience during the crisis. The notarial record reveals the activities and decisions of large numbers of individuals and families in the city and provides a reconstruction of the behavior of clergy, medical practitioners, government and neighborhood officials, and notaries during the epidemic.
AcknowledgementsList of Tables, Figures, and MapsA Note on Currency, Names and TitlesIntroduction1. The Notarial Evidence: Testaments in the Libri Memoriali, Demaniale, and the Provvisori2. Illuminating the Dark Century: Notarial Evidence on Bologna's Civic Life3. Social Reactions of the Populace during the Black Death4. Public Persons during the Black Death5. Neighbourhood Activity during the Black Death6. The Individual and the FamilyConclusionMap of BolognaMap of Parishes of BolognaList PArisches for Map of Parishes of BolognaAppendix AAppendix BBibliographyGeneral IndexIndex of Medieval Bolognese Individuals (1348)