The Black Death by John Hatcher
A Personal History

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In this fresh approach to the history of the Black Death, world-renowned scholar John Hatcher re-creates everyday life in a mid-fourteenth century rural English village. By focusing on the experiences of ordinary villagers as they lived-and died-during the Black Death (1345-50), Hatcher vividly places the reader directly inside those tumultuous times and describes in fascinating detail the day-to-day existence of people struggling with the tragic effects of the plague. Dramatic scenes portray how contemporaries must have felt and thought about these momentous events: what they knew and didn’t know about the horrors of the disease, what they believed about death and God’s vengeance, and how they tried to make sense of it all despite frantic rumors, frightening tales, and fearful sermons.
 

About John Hatcher

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John Hatcher, a leading expert in medieval and early modern social and economic history, is Professor of Economic and Social History and chairman of the history faculty at the University of Cambridge.
 
Published June 3, 2008 by Da Capo Press. 368 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Wan, long-winded "docudrama" about a rural parish in mid-14th-century England devastated by the plague.

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Suite 101

The experiences of ordinary people during the plague, told through the eyes of a fourteenth century clergyman.

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Maybe a more accurate view is that the European Middle Ages comprised a thousand years of theocracy, superstition, illiteracy, ignorance, food and water contaminated by sewage, common infanticide, short lifespan, and both nobles and peasants marked by various skin diseases caused by destructive p...

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