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Medieval public health is mired in modern myth: without centralised governments, democratic values and advanced medicine, promoting health at the population level was purportedly either unthinkable or simply impractical. Offering a radically different view, Guy and his team will document, analyse and disseminate knowledge about preventative public healthcare between 1200-1500, an era of accelerated urbanisation followed by massive demographic decline, with the onset of Black Death (1347-51). This long-term and comparative perspective will fundamentally revise the narrative of European public health by tracing the development and impact of pertinent government policies, medical discourses and social and religious action in the continent’s two most urbanised and richly documented regions, Italy and the Low Countries.

G. Geltner