- Frazier/Talbot His301F Premodern World THE PLAGUE STRIKES EUROPE 22 Nov 2010 Selection from Gabriele deMussis(d 1356 Historia de morbo(History

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Frazier/Talbot His301F: Premodern World 22 Nov 2010 THE PLAGUE STRIKES EUROPE Selection from Gabriele de’Mussis (d. 1356), Historia de morbo ( History of the Sickness ) [tr. by R. Horrox] 1. Listen everybody, and it will set tears pouring from your eyes. For the Almighty has said: “I shall wipe man, whom I created, off the face of the earth. Because he is flesh and blood, let him be turned to dust and ashes. My spirit shall not remain among man.” 2. “What are you thinking of, merciful God, thus to destroy your creation and the human race? to order and command its sudden annihilation in this way? What has become of your mercy? the faith of our fathers? the blessed virgin, who holds sinners in her lap? the precious blood of the martyrs? the worthy army of confessors and virgins? the whole host of paradise, who pray ceaselessly for sinners? the most precious death of Christ on the cross and our wonderful redemption? Kind God, I beg that your anger may cease, that you do not destroy sinners in this way, and, … do not allow the just to be condemned with the unjust.” 3. “I hear you, sinner, dropping words into my ears. I bid you weep. The time for mercy has passed. I, God, am called to vengeance. It is my pleasure to take revenge on sin and wickedness. I shall give my signs to the dying, let them take steps to provide for the health of their souls.” 4. As it happened, among those who escaped from [the siege of] Caffa by boat were a few sailors who had been infected with the poisonous disease. Some boats were bound
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This note was uploaded on 03/11/2011 for the course HIS 314K taught by Professor Worsham during the Spring '11 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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- Frazier/Talbot His301F Premodern World THE PLAGUE STRIKES EUROPE 22 Nov 2010 Selection from Gabriele deMussis(d 1356 Historia de morbo(History

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