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The Black Death

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The author looks at the origins of the disease and traces its terrible march through Europe from the Italian cities to Scandinavia.
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published July 25th 2007 by Chartwell Books (first published 2007)
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Jun 20, 2016 Checkman rated it really liked it
A compact but very readable primer about the history of the so-called Black Death. At only 140 pages there is no room for padding so Mr. Martin gets right to the point. He gives over the bulk of this little book to the first and most famous outbreak which ran from approximately 1346 - 1352. The possible point of origin (China/Mongolia), the spread of the disease (to include the Middle East which is traditionally overlooked by Eurocentric historians), the death count, the response to it (governme ...more
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May 23, 2013 Pam Terry rated it it was amazing
Picked up my interest instantly. Was very authentic and historic, but told with such finesse that it felt like a seamless story. I love history and anyone who like history or the stories of true history that felt like ficton, you will love this book. City by City, and Country by Country all over you will learn of the beginning and the end of this plague put on man.
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Ortaçağ Avrupasını anlamak ve zihninizde betimlemeniz için piyasada bulunan ender kitaplardan beri. M.ö ki salgınlar da kusursuz bir biçimde incelenmiş. Kitabın sonunda veba kronolojisi, veba ile ilgili okunması gereken makaleler, başvuru kitapları ve romanlar, çocuk kitapları ve filmler de sıralanmış. Bu sayede bağlantı kurup konu hakkında daha detaylı bilgilere ulaşmamız için kapı açılmış. Vakanamelere atıfta bulunularak tez desteklenmiş. Bu yüzden de kaynak kitap olarak kullanılabilir. Decame ...more
Nov 10, 2008 Linda rated it liked it
This book is a non-fiction chronology of the spread of the plague, not just in Europe, but aslo in Asia and other parts of the world. The author explores the possible origins of the disease, the spread along trade routes, and the eventual discovery of the pathogen. This book was a short, informative, eye-opening read. I was not aware of how many plague outbreaks occurred even after the "Black Death" or how wide-spread it was around the world. The author also points out how Medieval Europe's clas ...more
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Jun 28, 2014 Rogue Reader rated it really liked it
Factual, numbers-based history of the black death, the bubonic plague that killed 20-30% of Europe's population and half of England's population in the late 1340s. An earlier pandemic occurred in Egypt under Roman rule 527-565. Cultural accommodation, medical mystery, travel and trade explain and describe the terrible time. Fascinating and also a warning.

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Jul 10, 2015 Brad Rousse rated it really liked it
A short but concise look at the Black Death, its causes and impact on Europe. Not the most detailed or robust narrative, but an excellent primer.
Apr 26, 2010 Eric rated it really liked it
A wonderfully readable and concise history of the Black Death. I really enjoyed it (but then again, I like morbid stuff)...
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Author of bestsellers The Knights Templar: The History & Myths of the Legendary Military Order, The Gnostics: The First Christian Heretics and The Cathars: The Rise & Fall of the Great Heresy. My new book, A Short History of Disease, will be published in June 2015.
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