The Great Mortality

The Great Mortality

An Intimate History of the Black Death, the Most Devastating Plague of All Time

eBook - 2012
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La moria grandissima began its terrible journey across the European and Asian continents in 1347, leaving unimaginable devastation in its wake. Five years later, twenty-five million people were dead, felled by the scourge that would come to be called the Black Death. The Great Mortality is the extraordinary epic account of the worst natural disaster in European history -- a drama of courage, cowardice, misery, madness, and sacrifice that brilliantly illuminates humankind's darkest days when an old world ended and a new world was born.

Publisher: Perennial, 2012.
ISBN: 9780062243218
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 400 p.
Additional Contributors: Axis 360 (Firm)


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Apr 27, 2017

A well written look at the "Black Death" of the Middle Ages. Well researched, including many firs hand accounts of the plague as well as a good many anecdotes on some of the people who were alive at the time. Some sloppy mistakes that does give pause to the accuracy of the notes as they are not annotated in the text. Worth reading if you are interested.

Jul 27, 2016

A good book about the Black Plague, which if it had taken place today would wipe out the equivalent of over 3 billion people.
He tells stories about how life was before the Black death struck, possible origins of it and why it was so deadly and the aftermath.

Jan 24, 2013

An engaging writer, Mr. Kelly takes a difficult-to-stomach subject and illuminates it with personal stories of the people who experienced it first-hand. Incredibly well researched, but also a gripping tale of mortal peril! Particularly fascinating to me was his discussion of the many controversial aspects of the Plague: where exactly it came from; what were the transmission vectors; why first-hand descriptions of its effects differ from more modern outbreaks of the disease. I wish all history books were this hard to put down!

Sep 17, 2010

An excellent read, hard to put down, captivating, and at times a frightening account of the "Black Death, the most Devastating Plague of all time" - Thus far that is! A great weaving and mixture of history, medieval beliefs, culture and practices. One of the best books I have come to find on the subject of plague. Open to debates, skepticism, and the comparison of the historical origins and beginnings of so called science and it's supersitious practices verses our modern science today. The research and reference work done for this book is incredible. John Kelly is a remarkable author. I highly recommend this book.


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