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C. E. Beneš

chronicles The demographic landscape of medieval Italy ( fig. 2 ) differed from most of the rest of Europe in its relatively high percentage of urban-dwellers, even after the end of the Roman Empire. Economic growth, especially from trade, from the eleventh century on expanded the urban middle classes, while the decline of imperial authority in Italy at the end of the eleventh century made room for the rise of communes: citizen

in Jacopo Da Varagine’s Chronicle of the city of Genoa
Rosemary Horrox

England who was contrite for their sins and had made confession. In the summer of 1379, due to a hostile configuration of the planets, plague broke out in the north country on a scale never seen before. The mortality waxed so powerful that almost the whole region was rapidly stripped of its best men; and among the middle classes it was said that nearly every

in The Black Death