A series of natural disasters in the Orient during the fourteenth century brought about the most devastating period of death and destruction in European history. The epidemic killed one-third of Europe's people over a period of three years, and the resulting social and economic upheaval was on a scale unparalleled in all of recorded history. Synthesizing the records of contemporary chroniclers and the work of later historians, Philip Ziegler offers a critically acclaimed overview of this crucial epoch in a single masterly volume. The Black Death vividly and comprehensively brings to light the full horror of this uniquely catastrophic event that hastened the disintegration of an age.
An overview of the most devastating period of death and destruction in European history. The author, a biographer who describes himself as having come to his task "in a happy spirit of untrained enterprise," synthesizes the records of contemporary chroniclers and the work of later historians as he traces the path of the Black Death from the Orient, across Europe, to Scotland and Wales, and considers the ways in which it contributed to the disintegration of an age. Complemented by b&w and color photos, this highly readable account contains no original research and is intended for the general reader. Distributed by Books International. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.