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The Black Death: The Intimate Story of a Village in Crisis 1345-50: An Intimate History Paperback – 9 Jul 2009
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a gripping read -- part historical inquiry, part novel (INDEPENDENT)
This totally absorbing book presents the best account ever written about the worst event to have ever befallen the British Isles (Simon Winchester)
The author is praised as a masterly social historian and the book as colourful as an episode of Midsomer Murders (FINANCIAL TIMES)
Conveys with great effectiveness the intensity of medieval English devotions and their deep preoccupation with the business of dying. Reading this book I was reminded time and again of the Tibetan Book of the Dead (Will Self EVENING STANDARD)
John Hatcher, a distinguished economic historian, sets out to attempt something new: the describe the plague in terms of one of these hard-hit communities... more than most of the purely historical accounts have given us (LITERARY REVIEW)
the sense of creeping doom, panic and rampant superstition is conveyed with a novelist's skill (GUARDIAN)
A compelling tale of ordinary people faced with a horror beyond imagining (SUNDAY BUSINESS POST)
How the people of a typical English village lived and died in the worst epidemic in history.See all Product description
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Essentially this book is docudrama of the life of a priest not the villagers. There are far too many long tracts of the nature of relgious thought that fill out the book. Not helped by the author being a historian not a novellist so the characters don't really come to life. He redeems himself with an examination of a couple of the manor houses but, essentially, there is not much of village life here.