Defense Date

11-19-2009

Graduation Date

2009

Availability

Immediate Access

Submission Type

thesis

Degree Name

MA

Department

History

School

McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts

Committee Chair

Jotham Parsons

Committee Member

Madeline Archer

Keywords

Black Death, Iconography, Plague, Sebastian, University

Abstract

From the fall of the Roman Empire to the "Age of Translations," Western Europe endeavored to rise above the so-called cultural and intellectual "Dark Ages." That advancement was threatened with the arrival of the Black Death in 1347. Chapter one details the correlation between the spread of the plague and the location of the first universities. It also examines the expansion of the university system throughout the continent in the wake of the plague. The second chapter looks at the cultural, especially religious, explanations of and responses to the Black Death. It examines how medieval society used the religious tools at their disposal to combat the "evils" of the plague.

Format

PDF

Language

English

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