Surviving Plague in an Early Modern City
John Henderson's analysis of the context and quality of local government in an early modern Italian city stands out as a major work of historical scholarshipAnne Hardy, Times Literary Supplement Longlisted for the 2020 Cundill History Prize, sponsored by McGill University Special commendation in the 2021 Social History Society Book Prize Henderson offers a holistic account of plague in seventeenth-century Florence and reaches important new conclusions about the impact and effectiveness of public health measures. The fine detail of the story makes for a brilliant realisation of devastation, resistance and survival.Vanessa Harding, author of The Dead and the Living in Paris and London, 1500-1670 In this vivid account, Henderson brings to life the fearful experiences of Florentines as they prepared, dealt with, and lived through an early modern public health crisis Essential reading.Brian Maxson, author of The Humanist World of Renaissance Florence With a keen attention to gender, power and social networks, Henderson traces a vivid picture of resilience and survival through the complex interplay of plague and piety.Giulia Calvi, author of Histories of a Plague Year Henderson draws on a striking range of sources to present a human-scale fresco. He shows how townspeople, eager to save their souls as much as their skin, strove to cope and survive each in their own way Re-sets our understanding of what plague meant at every level of early modern society to those caught up in it.Colin Jones, author of The Medical World of Early Modern France
John Henderson is professor of Italian renaissance history at Birkbeck, University of London, and Emeritus Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge. His publications include The Renaissance Hospital and The Great Pox with Jon Arrizabalaga and Roger French.