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on 7 June 2007
An easy read, strange as that is for a book about the Black Death, The Great Mortality is a well-researched history-travelogue hybrid, with some interesting asides like the effect of plague on the Jewish population and city relations, as well as outlining the debate on plauge/anthrax viruses. It must be treated as a 'hobby' book, rather than a serious text for use in degree work etc, as it does cater for morons like me who read it for fun. The fiction does creep in, with the slightly annoying 'sunsets on a field of gold' twaddle, but it saves it from being a morbid account and makes it intimate. Hats off to John Kelly for giving all the facts, plus a few superfluous ones, without sounding like an especially boring History teacher.
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