The Black Death 1346-1353 : The Complete History, Paperback

The Black Death 1346-1353 : The Complete History Paperback

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Unique, sensational and shocking, this revelatory book provides, for the first time, a complete Europe-wide history of the Black Death.

The author's painstakingly comprehensive research throws fresh light on the nature of the disease, its origin, its spread, on an almost day-to-day basis, across Europe, Asia Minor, the Middle East and North Africa, its mortality rate and its impact on history.

These latter two aspects are of central importance here, for it is demonstrated that the plague's death rates have consistently been under-estimated and that they were in fact much higher, making the disease's long-term effects on history even more profound.

OLE J. BENEDICTOW is Professor of History at the University of Oslo.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 454 pages, 14, 1 colour, 2 black and white, 11 line drawing
  • Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: General & world history
  • ISBN: 9781843832140



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So scholarly and dense that it takes awhile to sink in that the enormity of the carnage is so much worse than we've been taught before. My favorite book about the plague heretofore was Ziegler's classic The Black Death, but Benedictow reinterprets the same data and adds even more detail to the canon. The footnotes are as good as the text.<br/><br/>I did find it fairly repetitive in spots. Not because of the repetitive nature of the disease entering a village and killing most everyone, but because Benedictow does have a tendency to bludgeon the reader with facts he's concerned we might miss. <br/><br/>Still, an amazing piece of work.