Primary Source Analysis: The Black Death

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Elizabeth Licklider EH101-01 The Black Death March 22, 2018 The Black Death Part 1- Primary Source Analysis What is a primary source when used by historians? Give a brief definition in your own words. A primary source is a source taken directly from that time period. For example, a book, an artifact, a letter. What is a secondary source when used by historians? Give a brief definition in your own words. A secondary source is a source written about said time period. For example, a book written on the Black Death, or a replica of a sword used in battle. Based on the definition you have given, which of the provided sources are primary sources? Give the specific titles of each primary source. Rosemary Horrox, The Black Death (Manchester, 1994) Based on the definition you have given, which of the provided sources are secondary sources? Give their specific titles. The documentary “Return of the Black Death” Extracts from Steven A Epstein, An economic and social history of later medieval Europe, 1000-1500, (Cambridge, 2009) Extracts from John Aberth, From the brink of the apocalypse: confronting famine, war, plague, and death in the later Middle Ages (New York, 2000) What is the main point in each of the primary sources? They are letters from the church claiming how they have buried too many of the dead, and how since the population is so low now and jobs are still needed to be done, people who are alive are demanding higher wages. Do the primary sources have a
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