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It comprised three to four contiguous parishes and was built upon individuals and families living there linked together by social networks. Parents, siblings, and children stayed together and died together during the epidemic. The argument of this book that society did not break down, but remained intact and functioning during the Black Death has been posited before for France and other Italian cities. We should recognize the efforts of the people living during 1348. Their guild statutes emphasized their civic role as men of fides publica, and this ideal matched reality in the case of the Black Death. This book has tried to reveal the workings of these networks through the myriad examples of connections of individuals in the town of Bologna.

Keywords: Black Death; Bologna



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