The Black Death: A History of the Plagues, 1345-1730

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This history of destructive plague shows how centuries of epidemic alternated with centuries that were almost plague-free. The authors examine the social responses to the calamities, which were mainly religious and focused around guilt and punishment.

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‘A chilling warning from history.’ -- John Adamson, The Sunday Telegraph

‘one of the most enjoyable history books that I have read in a long time... informative, enthusiatic and very easy to read...' -- History Scotland

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THE FIRST OUTBREAK WIPED OUT HALF OF EUROPE'S POPULATION AND WAS THE SINGLE GREATEST CATASTROPHE IN HUMAN HISTORY - THIS NEW ILLUSTRATED HISTORY CHRONICLES THE FIRST PANDEMIC AND ALL SUBSEQUENT OUTBREAKS.

By 1340, Europe was beset by a host of problems. Even the ploughing of marginal land had failed to produce enough food to feed the ever-growing population. Poverty, unemployment, and vagrancy were all on the increase. However, by 1400 the situation had changed. There had been a dramatic change but from a wholly unforeseen and unexpected quarter: the Black Death. This horrific disease ripped through towns, villages and families. Men, women, children, young and old succombed to a painful, drawn out death as pustules, abscesses and boils erupted over their bodies. Within a few decades this virulent and unknown disease had wiped out up to half the population.

Subsequent attacks of the disease, coming almost every decade, so limited the population that it was not until the eighteenth century that it managed to surpass the levels of 1340. For over three hundred years, Europeans were stalked by death. In the end, this mysterious disease that had terrorized, terrified and killed millions, disappeared as inexplicably as it had appeared.

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