In the Wake of the Plague: The Black Death and the World It Made

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Harper Collins, Apr 16, 2002 - History - 272 pages
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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 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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Chatty worthlesness. A very few interesting bits, but buried among mostly useless, obvious, or unverifiable randomness. The "Aftermath" chapter seemed particularly bad, but perhaps that's because I ... Read full review

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It is not a problem when historians present a viewpoint of historical figures, positive or negative, of their opinions are based on evidence, and can be proven. That is what they do. This author ... Read full review

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Norman F. Cantor was Emeritus Professor of History, Sociology, and Comparative Literature at New York University. His many books include In the Wake of the Plague, Inventing the Middle Ages, and The Civilization of the Middle Ages, the most widely read narrative of the Middle Ages in the English language. He died in 2004.

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