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10 thoughts on “The Scourging Angel

  1. says:

    Interesting read following the progress of the great death as it raged through England Scotland Wales and Ireland

  2. says:

    Gives great details about the economic social and even architectural effects of the Black Death but spends too much time on minutiae about which county was hit by the plague in which month

  3. says:

    Although dealing with a specific

  4. says:

    Read my other book reviews at booksibledwordpresscomEvery now and then I like to add a non fiction book to my reading list Partially because I like to learn but also because I think it informs my reading writing a

  5. says:

    A scholarly but easy to read account of the plague that affected the whole of Europe in the mid 14th century and the British Isles from 1348 The author admits in his preface that there is about the top of society as the common folk

  6. says:

    This isn't an entirely comprehensive overview of the plague in Britain it doesn't cover the later epidemic of the 17th centu

  7. says:

    Its good but it either needs a different title or a good editor Yes it looks at the impact of the Black Death but really only at its first visit in 1350 But in addition it covers medicine not unreasonable taxation slightly tangential the English Church including cathedral building ditto Ireland not only the plague's impact but a lot about English activities and attitudes Wars with Scotland etc etc So actually

  8. says:

    Taken a time to complete this not because it is a poor read but other books just got in the wayA very good account of the impact of t

  9. says:

    Exceptionally well done look at the effect the Great Death had on the Isles by looking at how it was before and assessing the effects it had on society during and after it's course Takes into account the way society fuedal rule economic factors etc was trending before and how it may have been without the plague but I feel it underplayed the way climate and weather may have been involved Recommended despite that caveat

  10. says:

    This is a pretty complete account of the Black Death as it swept across the British Isles what it was and what it was afterIt does

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Read µ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook È Benedict Gummer

Had left half the population dead Despite the startling toll of life physical devastation and sheer human chaos it inflicted Britain showed an impressive resilience Amid disaster many found opportunity and the story of the Black Death is ultimately one of survival. Its good but it either needs a different title or a good editor Yes it looks at the impact of the Black Death but really only at its first visit in 1350 But in addition it covers medicine not unreasonable taxation slightly tangential the English Church including cathedral building ditto Ireland not only the plague s impact but a lot about English activities and attitudes Wars with Scotland etc etc So actually it is better described as a history of the British isles in the 14th C There could have been better use of statistics to show the impact of of the plague and general possibly less narrative coverage of its impact on culture That said it is a rigorously researched book well document and referenced so ideal for any one wanting an introduction to that period of history

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Nothing experienced in human history before or since eclipses the terror tragedy and scale of the Black Death the disease which killed millions of people in Medieval Europe The Scourging Angel tells the story of Britain immediately before during and after this cat. Gives great details about the economic social and even architectural effects of the Black Death but spends too much time on minutiae about which county was hit by the plague in which month

Read µ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook È Benedict Gummer

Astrophe Against a backdrop of empty homes half built cathedrals and pestilence saturated cities we see communities gripped by unimaginable fear shock and paranoia By the time it completed its pestilential journey through the British Isles in 1350 the Black Death. Read my other book reviews at booksibledwordpresscomEvery now and then I like to add a non fiction book to my reading list Partially because I like to learn but also because I think it informs my reading writing and reviewing But as this is non fiction the review will be a fairly shortThe Scourging Angel was fantastic It follows the first influx of plague into the British Isles as it sweeps the nation in an informed and simple way I found it really helpful that Benedict Gummer begins his history with a chapter placing the events in context with commentary of the ongoing war with the French and insight into the lives of the working classes who were most affected by the plagueThe chapters are sorted so they can follow the plague from France where it killed King Edward s daughter Joan as she headed to her wedding to Peter of Castile to the south of England It then splits the British Isles into segments the south the midlands the north wales Ireland and Scotland This allows a fluidity while not over running the reading with a mass of places dates and people allowing a few select stories to illustrate the state of the area before and during the plagueFinally the book gives an overview of the after effects of the Black Death from monetary worries to architecture and the advancement of English literature as well as the smaller waves of plague that returned again and againI really enjoyed the stories of average men and women informed by the archives and books Gummer dutifully lists in his enormous bibliography Don t let the size of the book scare you as with any good historical text a lot of it is notes Particularly the stories of William Ramsey the young mason from Norwich who worked his way up to Kings Mason and William the One Day Priest a monk from Essex who when running low on funds turned to robbing a woman of her purse on the roadsideUnlike many retellings of the Black Death this book managed to discredit the many elements of misinformation that surround the time and the pestilence itself while not turning to dry recitation of fact after factIt s certainly not a light summer read for lazy days by the pool but if you re interested in the time and the effects of the plague then this is a fantastic book to start with

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