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Were there any travel restrictions during the Black Death pandemic?

SHORT ANSWER Yes, there were some restrictions on movement during the period 1347 - 51 but mostly (with a few exceptions such as some city states and Poland) they were haphazard and depended on local ...
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How were the cities of Milan and Bruges spared by the Black Death?

I found this op-ed by John Mulhall*, a member of the Max Planck-Harvard Research Center for the Archaeoscience of the Ancient Mediterranean, who attributed Milan's relatively good performance largely ...
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Are there any accounts of everyday life during the Black Death?

Chronicle of the Black Death There is a chronicle from the British Library which I will link to. It was written at the cathedral priory of Rochester between 1314 and 1350, and deals with everyday life ...
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Why didn't the Black Death result in favorable results for surviving peasants in China?

Firstly, there's no reason to think it didn't. In fact, it's fairly routine for afflicted regions to receive government subsidies in Imperial China. As early as AD 218, the Book of the Later Han ...
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Are there any accounts of everyday life during the Black Death?

While the Joseph Byrne book you mentioned is certainly useful, many of its citations are actually from the the Early Modern period, and it usually summarizes a range of sources rather than quoting ...
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Are there any accounts of everyday life during the Black Death?

Giovanni Boccaccio lived through the Plague and his Decameron is set in that period. While most of the book does not speak of the Plague (it is a group of young people who have fled Florence to escape ...
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How was the Black Death stopped?

The answer to this is vast. Simply put, the mix of devastation to the population and the fact that we started to, as @noel1 put it, quarantine people helped. There is also a suspicion that that the ...
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How was ownership of property managed during the Black Death, when so many original owners had died?

Firstly, it is worth noting that the Black Death actually reached England in June 1348, not in the twelfth century as you stated. But to answer your specific question, no the idea of appointing ...
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How did China deal with the Black Death during the second plague pandemic?

We may not yet know: On the heels of the European epidemic, a widespread disaster occurred in China during 1353–1354. Chinese accounts of this wave of the disease record a spread to eight distinct ...
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Are there any accounts of everyday life during the Black Death?

You can find first-hand accounts in The Black Death: natural and human disaster, by Robert S. Gottfried (Free Press, 1983). For instance, it contains this passage (p. 45): The mortality in Siena ...
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Were there any travel restrictions during the Black Death pandemic?

Based on the accepted answer linked below, Poland did: In addition to Poland's relatively sparse population, a key factor is that King Casimir the Great wisely quarantined the Polish borders. By ...
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How was the Black Death stopped?

To paraphrase history.com the black plague just ran its course and ended by change. However, it reappeared every few generations for quite a while, and eventually, with modern sanitation, it has ...
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Are there any accounts of everyday life during the Black Death?

The noted diarist Samuel Pepys kept his London Diary from 1660 to 1669, a period which includes the Great Plague of London (1665-1666). While this is not the famed Black Death epidemic of 1346-1353 ...
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How were the cities of Milan and Bruges spared by the Black Death?

Were they? Really? That is the question one might has to ask before anything else. And the easy part on this question is simply that they were not spared, at all. Not in the first wave and especially ...
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Were there any travel restrictions during the Black Death pandemic?

In addition to Lars Bosteen's answer, the Decameron also says that Florence denied entry to people who were visibly ill: In Florence, despite all that human wisdom and forethought could devise to ...
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Do we know anything in detail about the effect of the black death on Sub-Saharan Africa?

Gérard Chouin (professor of history and director of medieval and renaissance studies) is adamant that the medieval-era bubonic plague epidemic, the Black Death, spread to Sub-Saharan Africa and killed ...
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Did countries use insurance to compensate for their economic losses after the Black Death/Spanish flu/Asian flu?

generally, I concur with Andrew's comment about this: life insurance on itself is different from considering death in a clause inside a shipping / commercial insurance contract. It makes sense to ...
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Why didn't the Black Death result in favorable results for surviving peasants in China?

To a certain extent, the plague brought about the downfall of the Yuan Dynasty[1] and allowed the founding of the Ming Empire. You might want to read a bit about the Ming Dynasty. It was one of the ...
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Was Vox In Rama a factor of the quick spread of the Black Plague?

No. Vox In Rama was aimed at satanism in Mainz. ( https://museumhack.com/black-cats-black-death/ ) the proximate cause of the Black Plague was the medieval economic over extension and collapse. This ...
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Are there any accounts of everyday life during the Black Death?

The Black Death: An Intimate History by John Hatcher If everyday life is of interest, this one seems to fit the bill: How the people of a typical English village lived and died in the worst epidemic ...
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