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Publisher's Summary

Much of what we know about the greatest medical disaster ever, the Black Plague of the fourteenth century, is wrong. The details of the Plague etched in the minds of terrified schoolchildren – the hideous black welts, the high fever, and the final, 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. 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 afresh, as a gripping, intimate narrative.
©2001 Norman F. Cantor (P)2003 Recorded Books
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5 out of 5 stars
By Nancy on 03-08-04

Just the ticket

I enjoy books that use an interdisciplinary approach to explore a subject, such as "Salt" by Mark Kurlansky or books by Jared Diamond. This book was right up my alley; I learned a lot that piqued my interest to learn more about the Middle Ages in Europe. The reader was an enjoyable combination of cultured-sounding and conversational. The pace was just right for me to follow the details (while driving) without rolling my eyes in impatience. It was relaxing, yet stimulating.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Eric on 10-02-05

Very Slanted with Errors

The author attempts to create a humorous feel in his narritive but the sarcastic and dry attempts at humor more often than not end up squewing the viewpoint so much that it jerks you out of the narrative and makes you aware of the slant that the information is being filtered through. He also makes quite a few errors. My favorite is that the medieval cross bow required two people and a half an hour to load. Overall while the information was intresting I wasn't sure what was accurate and what wasn't since I was spotting errors and spun facts all over the place. while entertaining this book was more torturing than fun.

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By Hazel on 01-17-13

Great - a really interesting insight

The book was great. It provided insights into the black death in a lovely rambling way.

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