The Black Death

The Black Death

A Personal History

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Baker & Taylor
A compelling history of the Black Death re-creates everyday life in a mid-fourteenth-century rural English village, capturing the day-by-day experiences and existence of ordinary villagers as they lived and died during the devastation of the plague. 25,000 first printing.

Perseus Publishing
From a leading expert, an original and compelling account of the Black Death’s devastation on a small English village during the fourteenth century

In this fresh approach to the history of the Black Death, world-renowned scholar John Hatcher re-creates everyday life in a mid-fourteenth century rural English village. By focusing on the experiences of ordinary villagers as they lived-and died-during the Black Death (1345-50), Hatcher vividly places the reader directly inside those tumultuous times and describes in fascinating detail the day-to-day existence of people struggling with the tragic effects of the plague. Dramatic scenes portray how contemporaries must have felt and thought about these momentous events: what they knew and didn’t know about the horrors of the disease, what they believed about death and God’s vengeance, and how they tried to make sense of it all despite frantic rumors, frightening tales, and fearful sermons.


Baker
& Taylor

A history of the Black Death re-creates everyday life in a mid-fourteenth-century rural English village, capturing the experiences and existence of ordinary villagers as they lived and died during the devastation of the plague.

Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Da Capo Press, 2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780306815713
0306815710
Branch Call Number: FIC HAT
Characteristics: xvi, 318 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill., map ;,25 cm.

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Vilka Nov 29, 2014

Says it's a novelization, but it still feels rather academic. Characters are named but aren't really fleshed out, so it feels like their activities are being reported instead of the reader witnessing and feeling them. The first two-thirds deal mostly with the death rites of the time and how the plague disrupted them, causing theological and psychological upset. The last third (which I found most interesting) deals with the social and administrative fallout of the mass-deaths, including changes in labour practices and complications with inheritance--like how the poorest serf in the family might suddenly inherit five cottages, often being inexperienced or unequipped to work the land or being dragged into debt by the death-taxes attached to the inheritances. Good educational read, but kind of dry.

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sshank25
Jan 05, 2011

Lacks exactly what the title promises. First hand accounts (personal history).

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