• The Black Death: A Captivating Guide to the Deadliest Pandemic in Medieval Europe and Human History

  • By: Captivating History
  • Narrated by: Randy Whitlow
  • Length: 3 hrs and 13 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (36 ratings)

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The Black Death: A Captivating Guide to the Deadliest Pandemic in Medieval Europe and Human History

By: Captivating History
Narrated by: Randy Whitlow
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If you want to discover the captivating history of The Black Death, then pay attention....

The Black Death was the first recorded pandemic in Europe after the fall of the Roman Empire. All across the continent, people learned just how gruesome and horrific disease could be as the plague crossed the boundaries of countries and the lines established by society, killing everyone equally. It showed that no one - not even archbishops and kings - was immune from its grasp. The ferocity with which the plague swept across the continent, even reaching the shores of England, demonstrated how unprepared they were for something on such a large scale. It was the first time that a major disease would strike the continent after the fall of the Roman Empire, but it would not be the last.

In The Black Death: A Captivating Guide to the Deadliest Pandemic in Medieval Europe and Human History, you will discover topics such as:

  • The First Pandemics
  • The Black Death
  • The Unlikely Use of the Black Death
  • Rumors and Arrival
  • Perceptions Vs. the Reality
  • The Ultimate Equalizer
  • Stealing the Future - Princess Joan
  • Decline of the Catholic Church and the Rise of Mysticism
  • Art of the Black Death
  • The First Quarantine and Successful Containment
  • Beyond the Human Toll
  • Lasting Effects on Europe’s Future
  • And much, much more!

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Captivating and Comprehensive

I have had a mild obsession with the Black Death for a while now, and I've been reading, listening, and watching a variety of media on the subject. This was by far one of the best in the subject. Covering the general subject to the specific, this explains the Black Death in great detail without making it a dry textbook definition. There are medical descriptions, personal stories, historic context, and even poetry. From experts to beginners, this is well worth reading / listening. And the audio is well spoken, easy to comprehend, and engaging. My ONE (very minor) complaint would be some more background on the origins. They did a fair job, but there's some more history that could have been touched on. 9.5/10

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good listen

Very interesting. This book contains interesting points about the plague that I've never heard before. definitely timely.

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short overview

not as in depth as other documentaries I have listened to or watched. I think it would be better as a free book since its a bit short too.

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Good History Lesson

Worth a listen, especially in this day and age. How the people responded to that health crisis is similar to how many respond now.

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Terrible. Written for fifth graders

This book is terrible. Redundant, lacking in insight, and tedious. Wikipedia has more info on the topic than this entire book.

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It is bad!

Simplified information and some flat out mistakes.
The author seems to be confused about the difference between viruses and bacteria.

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I enjoy reading history. This 'book' has nothing about the plague, in the first half, you did not hear in the most general Western Civ course. If you completely missed Western Civ, read the first chapter. Skip the next four where he repeats the information. Ignore the erroneous conclusions. You are on your own for the second half; I could not finish it. I am from the deep South and found the drawling presentation irritating.

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Full circle

Here we are in 2020 with Covid and it seems out leaders haven changed fantastic book

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this was a good one

The writer holds its range in Asia and the Middle East which isn't frequently covered. Also, it has a vivid description of the sensitive and economic influence of the Black Death on people.

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Elucidating and educational for me

Well written, and very informative. It's missing some notes to clarify, but it is one of the best books I ever read of the Black Death.

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  • Langston Ian
  • 04-02-20

Appalling historical inaccuracies

This book is one of those that simply should not be sold. There are many historical inaccuracies