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Andrew

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  • In the Wake of the Plague: The Black Death and the World It Made

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Norman F. Cantor
    • Narrated By Bill Wallace
    Overall
    (251)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (62)

    Much of what we know about the greatest medical disaster ever, the Black Plague of the fourteenth century, is wrong. The details of the Plague etched in the minds of terrified schoolchildren – the hideous black welts, the high fever, and the final, 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.

    Anne says: "Don't waste time or money"
    "Only half way through, and wish I was done"
    Overall

    I'm not sure which English noble beat up Mr. Cantor as a child, but Cantor is giving it back with interest. From historically flawed to downright malicious, Cantor is using the plague to point out why English nobles, the monasteries, and a few others just plain bite the big one. At his best, Cantor effectively explains how anthrax outbreaks may explain some of the devastation of the plague--concurrent epidemics. At his worst, it's a polemic determined to show you how awful the nobility of England, especially Edward III, was. If it was a book, I'd skim. His history is so skewed, that one has to wonder at the veracity of the rest.

    19 of 27 people found this review helpful

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