The Black Death

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Harper Collins, Apr 7, 2009 - History - 336 pages
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A series of natural disasters in the Orient during the fourteenth century brought about the most devastating period of death and destruction in European history. The epidemic killed one-third of Europe's people over a period of three years, and the resulting social and economic upheaval was on a scale unparalleled in all of recorded history. Synthesizing the records of contemporary chroniclers and the work of later historians, Philip Ziegler offers a critically acclaimed overview of this crucial epoch in a single masterly volume. The Black Death vividly and comprehensively brings to light the full horror of this uniquely catastrophic event that hastened the disintegration of an age.

 

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User Review  - jcbrunner - LibraryThing

I like how Philip Ziegler's classic story of the Black Death chapter by chapter advances towards England (chapters 1-6) and then tell how the plague affected England itself (chapters 7-13) and finally ... Read full review

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User Review  - Chris_El - LibraryThing

Originally published in 1969 this book was one of the first, and only, books to cover the middle ages black death plague in an overview fashion. Most things prior to this point were written by ... Read full review

Contents

PREFACE
9
The State of Europe
30
Italy
40
the State of Medical Knowledge
63
The rest of Continental Europe
110
the West
117
Progress Across the South
137
Sussex Kent
161
The Plague ina Medieval
202
The Toll in Lives
224
The Social and Economic
232
Education Agriculture
252
The Effects on the Church and Mans
259
NOTES
281
BIBLIOGRAPHY
302
INDEX
313

East Anglia XI The Midlands andthe North
174
The Welsh Borders
187

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About the author (2009)

Philip Ziegler was educated at Eton and New College, Oxford. A former member of the diplomatic service, he has written biographies of King William IV, Lord Melbourne, Lady Diana Cooper, Lord Mountbatten, King Edward VIII, Harold Wilson, and Osbert Sitwell. His most recent book is Legacy: Cecil Rhodes, the Rhodes Trust and Rhodes Scholarships. He is at work on the official biography of Prime Minister Edward Heath. Mr. Ziegler lives with his wife in Kensington, London.

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