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The Great Mortality: An Intimate History of the Black Death

 
 
Author
John Kelly.
Publisher Harper Perennial  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 7.75 x 5 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780007150700
Pages/Publication Date 364/2005
Daedalus Item Code 61068
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Second only to World War II in terms of human disaster, the "Black Death" traveled across medieval Europe and in just over a thousand days (1347–51) killed a third of its population—25 million people. John Kelly's gripping history follows the journey of the Black Death through diary fragments, letters, and manuscripts, and traces the lingering effects of its devastation even today.

"Later called the Black Death, the mid-14th-century plague epidemic was known as the Great Mortality by its European survivors. It killed 60 percent in many places, even more in self-contained communities, such as monasteries—in all, one-third of Europe's people. Western Europe is the primary focus of [John] Kelly's compact history.... The most riveting chapter considers the outbursts of anti-Jewish violence by plague-panicked Gentiles, which the church tried, seldom successfully, to stem, and in which modern, racist anti-Semitism was forged."—Booklist (starred review)

 
 
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