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Pestilence & Prayer: The Bibliography

Pestilence & Prayer: The Bibliography

Really I cannot image anyone but myself wanting this list published. I only did it to help me with each blog post’s resources links and then figured “why not” – it’s not like I pay per post and who knows, maybe someone has been searching the internet for a comprehensive list of material on saints and the plague. Well if you are that person: you’re welcome!


  1. Aberth, John. From the Brink of the Apocalypse: Confronting Famine, War, Plague, and Death in the Later Middle Ages, 2nd ed. New York: Routledge, 2002.
  2. Ahl, Diane. Benozzo Gozzoli. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1996.
  3. Arnold, John H. Belief and Unbelief in Medieval Europe. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2010.
  4. Attwater, Donald. A New Dictionary of Saints. Edited by John Cumming. Collegeville: A Liturgical Press Book, 1994.
  5. Benedictow, Ole J. The Black Death 1346-1355: The Complete History. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 2004.
  6. “Bernardino of Siena.” Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages. The H.W. Wilson Company Database: Biography Reference Bank, 2000.
  7. Boccaccio, Giovanni. The Decameron. Translated by Mark Musa and Peter E. Bondanella. New York: Norton & Company, Inc., 1977.
  8. Boeckl, Christine, M. “Giorgio Vasari’s San Rocco Altarpiece: Tradition and Innovation in Plague Iconography.” Artibus et Historiae, vol. 22, no. 43 (2001).
  9. ________. Images of Plague and Pestilence: Iconography and Iconology. Kirksville: Truman State University Press, 2000.
  10. Brady, Dimitri. “Eastern Christian Hagiographical Traditions: Eastern Orthodox.” In The Blackwell Companion to Eastern Christianity. Edited by Ken Parry, 420-432. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2007.
  11. Brown, Peter. The Cult of the Saints: Its Rise and Function in Latin Christianity. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1981.
  12. Buzwell, Greg. Saints in Medieval Manuscripts. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2005.
  13. Byrne, Joseph P. Daily Life during the Black Death. Westport: The Greenwood Press, 2006.
  14. Cantor, Norman F. In the Wake of the Plague: The Black Death and the World It Made. New York: Harper Perennial, 2002.
  15. Clement, Clara Eskine. Saints in Art. New York: Snova, Nova Science Publishers, 2004.
  16. Cohn, Samuel. “Epidemiology of the Black Death and Successive Waves of Plague.” In Medical History, 74-100. Cambridge, Cambridge Journals Medical History, 2008.
  17. Cundall, Joseph. “A Brief History of Wood-engraving from Its Invention.” The Project Gutenberg eBook. 2012. http://www.gutenberg.org/files/40589/40589-h/40589-h.htm#page20.
  18. Crawfurd, Raymond. Plague and Pestilence in Literature and Art. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1914.
  19. DesOrmeaux, Anna L. “The Black Death and Its Effect on Fourteenth and Fifteenth-Century Art”. MA diss., Louisiana University, 2007.
  20. Duby, Georges. Art and Society in the Middle Ages. Translated by Jean Birrell. Cambridge: Polity Press, 2000.
  21. Duffin, Jacalyn. Medical Miracles: Doctors, Saint, and Healing in the Modern World. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.
  22. Giorgi, Rosa. Saints: A Year in Faith and Art. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.: 2006.
  23. Gottfried, Robert S. The Black Death: Natural, and Human Disaster in Medieval Europe. New York: Free Press, 1985.
  24. Hall, James. Dictionary of Subjects and Symbols in Art. Boulder: Westview Press, 2008.
  25. Horrox, Rosemary, Editor and Translator. The Black Death. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1994.
  26. Kaftal, George. “Three Scenes from the Legend of Santa Francesca Romana.” The Journal of the Walters Art Gallery, vol. 11. (1948), 50-61.
  27. Marshall, Louise. “Confraternity and Community: Mobilizing the Sacred in Times of Plague.” In Confraternities and the Visual Arts in the Italian Renaissance. Ritual, Spectacle, Image, edited by B. Wisch and D. Cole Ahl, 20-45. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000.
  28. ________. “Manipulating the Sacred: Image and Plague in Renaissance Italy.” Renaissance Quarterly, vol. 47, no. 3 (Autumn, 1994).
  29. ________. “’Waiting on the Will of the Lord’: The imagery of the plague.” Ph.D. diss., University of Pennsylvania, 1989.
  30. Meiss, Millard. The Belles Heures of Jean, Duke of Berry. New York: George Braziller, Inc., 1974.
  31. ________. Painting in Florence and Siena after the Black Death.  Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1951.
  32. ________. Painting in Florence and Siena after the Black Death: The Arts, Religion, and Society in the Mid-Fourteenth Century. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1951.
  33. The National Gallery. http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/paintings/giovanni-di-paolo-saints-fabian-and-sebastian.
  34. Norman, Diana. “Change and continuity: art and religion after the Black Death.” In Siena, Florence, and Padua: Art, Society, and Religion 1280-1400, Volume I: Interpretive Essays. Edited by Diana Norman, 177-196. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1995.
  35. Paul the Deacon. History of the Longobards. Translated by William Dudley Foulke. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania, 1907.
  36. Phillips, Brian. The History of the Church in Art. California: Getty Publications, 2008.
  37. Ross, Leslie. Medieval Art: A Topical Dictionary. Westport: Greenwood Publishing Group. Inc., 1996.
  38. Sekules, Veronica. Medieval Art. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001.
  39. Spike, John T. “The Blessed Bernard Tolomei Interceding for the Cessation of the Plague in Siena: A Rediscovered Painting by Giuseppe Maria Crespi.” The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal, vol. 15 (1987).
  40. Thomas, Sarah Fawcett. Butler’s Lives of the Saints. Collegeville: The Liturgical Press, 2000.
  41. Vaslef, Irene. “The Role of St. Roch as a Plague Saint: A Late Medieval Hagiographic Tradition.” Ph.D. diss., The Catholic University of America, 1984.
  42. Vauchez, André. Sainthood in the Later Middle Ages. Translated by Jean Birrell. Cambridge University Press: 1997.
  43. Voragine, Jacobus de. The Golden Legend. Translated by Christopher Stace. London: Penguin, 1998.
  44. ________. The Golden Legend. Edited by William Caxton. Bronx: Fordham University Internet Medieval Sourcebook, January 2001. http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/basis/goldenlegend/index.asp.
  45. Wallis, Faith, ed. Medieval Medicine: A Reader. Toronto: University of Toronto, 2010.
  46. Webb, Matilda. The Churches and Catacombs of Early Christian Rome: A Comprehensive Guide. Portland: Sussex Academic Press, 2001.
  47. “Yersinia,” Center for Environmental Health and Safety, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2010, http://www.cehs.siu.edu/fix/medmicro/yersi.htm. (link no longer active)
  48. Zucker, Mark J. “Problems in Dominican Iconography: The Case of St. Vincent Ferrer.” Artibus et Historiae, vol. 13, no. 25 (1992).
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