There are two main problems with this work. The first and most problematic characteristic is that it actually covers very little of the plague's origins (both geographical and bio-medical), its connection between animal and humans, and its physical impact on the human body. Second, the "world" (alluded in the subtitle) consist mainly parts of southern Great Britain and the coastal regions of France. Overall, ehe work gets muddled in the detailed and dry history of British royalty rather than the plague's effect on continental Europe and peripheral regions. There work feels fragmented and mired in British ethnocentricity.
I generally have praise for this book. It is well written, rich in both academic and empirical research and obviously, relevant to current events. Yet I wish the author would have explored in greater depth both Christian (barely covered in the beginning of the book) and Jewish religious militants. Also, the author herself reads the work in a monotonous, robotic voice void of inflection of emotion. Overall though, a well formed work of religious militancy, especially a fine moral and pragmatic last chapter offering solutions to terrorism.
This work, mainly composed of B-list, pseudo-historical stories by B-list authors (Melville, of course, excluded) is slow, mismatched and tedious. The stories are maybe the equivalent of bed stories, though there slowness may cause the reader before the child to fall asleep.
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