Treasures of the Black Death

Christine Descatoire

Date Published :
February 2009
Publisher :
Paul Holberton Publishing
Series :
Wallace Collection
Illustration :
100 illustrations
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In the middle of the fourteenth century, Europe was devastated by an appalling epidemic which killed a third of its population. Accused of having spread the disease, Jewish communities faced terrible persecutions, which often led them to bury their most valuable goods. Two of these hoards, discovered at Colmar in 1863 and at Erfurt in 1998, are discussed and illustrated in this splendid catalogue, published to accompany an exhibition at the Wallace Collection London.