The plague made famous by Alessandro Manzoni struck the city
of Florence in two successive waves: first in 1630-31 and then in 1632-33.
Based on rare sources and documents, the essay explains the means by which this
epidemic spread, and the social dynamics that accompanied it. The book also shows
the remedies used in those years and the professionals involved in the care of
the sick. A specific section is dedicated to important testimonies on the plague,
with particular attention to the chronicles of that age, the diaries, and the letters.
1st edition: September 2020
1st reprint: November 2020