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The Great Mortality : An Intimate History of the Black Death, the Most Devastating Plague of All Time

4 Ratings: 3.5
A book by John Kelly

From Publishers Weekly  The Black Death raced across Europe from the 1340s to the early 1350s, killing a third of the population. Drawing on recent research as well as firsthand accounts, veteran author Kelly (Three on the Edge, etc.) describes … see full wiki

Tags: Books, Nonfiction, World History, Great Plague, John Kelly
Author: John Kelly
Genre: Professional & Technical, Science
Publisher: HarperCollins (February 1, 2005)
2 reviews about The Great Mortality : An Intimate History...
review by . March 14, 2009
The Great Mortality is an uneven account of the Black Death that wiped out a quarter of the world's population in the 14th Century. It is a fascinating period of time when one considers how different the world was then - the filth, the backward medical practices and thinking, people not bathing or changing clothes except once a year, and the superstitions. And then along comes a pestilence that relentlessly killed off millions of people and wiped out half or more of the population in many cities …
review by . March 29, 2009
The Great Mortality
  The threat of emerging infectious diseases is a familiar topic in an age of potential pandemics, a far more tangible menace than constantly warring nations, disease unrestricted by borders. With an eye to the devastation of AIDS in modern times, Kelly returns to the Black Death of the past "along the China Sea to the coast of Portugal", across the European continent, where a third to sixty percent of populations are afflicted, and "millions of people across Eurasia began to contemplate …
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