The Black Death

Pocket essentials: History

by Sean Martin

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The Black Death is the name most commonly given to the pandemic of bubonic plague that ravaged the medieval world in the late 1340s. From Central Asia the plague swept through …read more

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Title The Black Death
ISBN 9781842435533
Author by Sean Martin
Series Pocket essentials: History
Publisher Faber Factory
Imprint Pocket Essentials
Publication Date 19 October 2011
Format EPUB
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Number of Pages 160
Filesize 151.4 KB
Language en
NBS Text Regional History
ONIX Text General/trade
Category World History
World History: C 500 To C 1500
European History
Social & Cultural History
Medicine
History Of Medicine
Infectious & Contagious Diseases

Author Biography

Sean Martin is a writer, poet and filmmaker. He has written books on The Knights Templar, Alchemy and Alchemists, The Gnostics, The Cathars, Andrei Tarkovsky and New Waves in Cinema.

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The Black Death is the name most commonly given to the pandemic of bubonic plague that ravaged the medieval world in the late 1340s. From Central Asia the plague swept through Europe, leaving millions of dead in its wake. Between a quarter and a third of Europe's population died. In England the population fell from nearly six million to just over three million. The Black Death was the greatest demographic disaster in European history. Sean Martin looks at the origins of the disease and traces its terrible march through Europe from the Italian cities to the far-flung corners of Scandinavia. He describes contemporary responses to the plague and makes clear how helpless was the medicine of the day in the face of it. He examines the renewed persecution of the Jews, blamed by many Christians for the spread of the disease, and highlights the bizarre attempts by such groups as the Flagellants to ward off what they saw as the wrath of God. His book is a vivid and dramatic account of one of the great catastrophes of history.)

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