In just under 1000 days between 1347 and 1351 the black death swept across Europe. When it finally left, 25 million people lay dead. In “The Great Mortality – An Intimate History of the Black Death,” published by Harper Perennial in 2005, John Kelly takes us into the fascinating and often frightening world of 14th century Europe and into the lives of the people who lived there. We spend time in community after community, city after city, and country after country, where simple people going about their lives are stalked by a menace that cannot be seen, cannot be understood, and cannot be stopped. The book draws you in and takes hold like its subject matter once did. It is fascinating, tragic, and horrifying all at once, and we see the plague through the very personal experiences of the people who suffered its ravages. This is, without a doubt, one of the best reads I have come across in a long time and cannot recommend it enough.
David Horn has self published two novels – Conversations and Wreaths for Silencia which is available in paperback and e-book via Amazon.
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