In the Wake of the Plague
The Black Death and the World It Made
By Norman F. Cantor
Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780060014346, 245pp.
Publication Date: April 2002
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The Black Death was the fourteenth century's equivalent of a nuclear war. It wiped out one-third of Europe's population, takingmillion lives. And yet, most of what we know about it is wrong. The details of the Plague etched in the minds of terrified schoolchildren -- the hideous black welts, the high fever, and the awful end by respiratory failure -- are more or less accurate. But what the Plague really was and how it made history remain shrouded in a haze of myths.
Now, Norman Cantor, the premier historian of the Middle Ages, draws together the most recent scientific discoveries and groundbreaking historical research to pierce the mist and tell the story of the Black Death as a gripping, intimate narrative.
"Cantor illuminates intricate connections [that] allter the course of culture, religion, war, and peace in incalculable ways."
"A most accessible, fascinating resource for high-school world history studies."
"Historian Cantor pull[s] together existing scholarship on the subject and provide a wide-ranging overview."
-The New York Times Book of the Times
"The best book on the Black Death...."
-Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, University of Oxford, and author of Millennium: A History of the Last Thousand Years
"...impressionsitic and interesting...."
-The Washington Post
"[Cantor] sounds the depths of medieval history for truths that are always relevant to our times."
"[Cantor] makes a particularly compelling case."