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The Black Death

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  81 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
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 D ...more
ebook, 127 pages
Published May 17th 2014 by Pocket Essentials (first published 2007)
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Jun 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Pam Terry
May 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Lori Wale
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well written overview of the Black Death. Very easy to follow and compact -- can finish in a sitting or two. Definitely worth a read if this is an historical event that interests you.
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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 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Brad Rousse
Jul 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Very concise and comprehensive.
Apr 26, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderfully readable and concise history of the Black Death. I really enjoyed it (but then again, I like morbid stuff)...
Feb 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good, reasonably well-written introduction to the topic.
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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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