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In the Wake of the Plague: The Black Death and the World It Made - Norman F. Cantor
In the Wake of the Plague: The Black Death and the World It Made
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The Black Death was the fourteenth century's equivalent of a nuclear war. It wiped out one-third of Europe's population, takingmillion lives. And yet, most of what we know about it is wrong. The details of the Plague etched in the minds of terrified schoolchildren -- the hideous black welts, the... show more
The Black Death was the fourteenth century's equivalent of a nuclear war. It wiped out one-third of Europe's population, takingmillion lives. And yet, most of what we know about it is wrong. The details of the Plague etched in the minds of terrified schoolchildren -- the hideous black welts, the high fever, and the awful end by respiratory failure -- are more or less accurate. But what the Plague really was and how it made history remain shrouded in a haze of myths.Now, Norman Cantor, the premier historian of the Middle Ages, draws together the most recent scientific discoveries and groundbreaking historical research to pierce the mist and tell the story of the Black Death as a gripping, intimate narrative.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780060014346 (0060014342)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Pages no: 245
Edition language: English
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3.0 THE BLACK DEATH: A DECENT OVERVIEW
In the Wake of the Plague: The Black Death and the World It Made by Norman F. Cantor is a lecture-type book filled with some interesting facts and amusing side stories; it is easy to read at only 220 pages long and does not have a single footnote. While it might not be the in-depth analysis that med...
Kaethe
Kaethe rated it
pleh: not that old ring around the rosie crap
Intensely Focused
Intensely Focused rated it
The focus of this book was primarily upon the effects of the Black Death (as you might guess from the title). Cantor did talk about possible causes of the Plague mostly in the beginning and end of the book. The current theory seems to be the Y. Pestis carried by black rats with a simultaneous outb...
suzemo
suzemo rated it
2.0 In the Wake of the Plague: The Black Death and the World It Made
I love reading books about plagues and diseases and I really wanted to like this book. I picked it up in an airport a few years ago. It's a fast and easy read, but it's extremely disjointed and unorganized. It is informative to an extent, and does throw out a couple of interesting ideas. Overall...
Osho
Osho rated it
1.0 In the Wake of the Plague: The Black Death and the World It Made
I really enjoy books about the rise and spread of diseases and their effects on politics and culture. I read Hans Zinsser's Rats, Lice, and History at a young age; even as a child I recognized the skillfulness and clarity of his writing. Alas, Cantor's In the Wake of the Plague: The Black Death and ...
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