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The Great Mortality:

An Intimate History of the Black Death, the Most Devastating Plague of All Time
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HarperCollins, 21/08/2012 - 400 páginas

La moria grandissima began its terrible journey across the European and Asian continents in 1347, leaving unimaginable devastation in its wake. Five years later, twenty-five million people were dead, felled by the scourge that would come to be called the Black Death. The Great Mortality is the extraordinary epic account of the worst natural disaster in European history -- a drama of courage, cowardice, misery, madness, and sacrifice that brilliantly illuminates humankind's darkest days when an old world ended and a new world was born.

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Like others here, I was put off by some of the writing. - Goodreads
In terms of readability, this book is pretty fantastic. - Goodreads
It's not only well-researched, it's well-told. - Goodreads
Kelly's a good writer with a wry sense of humor. - Goodreads
A great introduction to the plague. - Goodreads
Kelly's writing style drove me up the wall at times. - Goodreads

Review: The Great Mortality: An Intimate History of the Black Death, the Most Devastating Plague of All Time

Opinión de usuario  - Sharon Winsatt - Goodreads

Most of us know the history of how the Black Death marched around Europe. We know it probably started in Caffa and made its way full circle to Russia leaving horrible suffering in its wake. John Kelly ... Leer reseña completa

Review: The Great Mortality: An Intimate History of the Black Death, the Most Devastating Plague of All Time

Opinión de usuario  - Dana - Goodreads

extremely interesting and well written. Kelly has an almost poetic way with words - a refreshing change from the dry and cut "here is the factual evidence" type of writing. Leer reseña completa

Opinión editorial - Reed Business Information (c) 2005

The Black Death raced across Europe from the 1340s to the early 1350s, killing a third of the population. Drawing on recent research as well as firsthand accounts, veteran author Kelly (Three on the Edge, etc.) describes how infected rats, brought by Genoese trading ships returning from the East and docked in Sicily, carried fleas that spread the disease when they bit humans. Two types of plague seem to have predominated: bubonic plague, characterized by swollen lymph nodes and the bubo, a type of boil; and pneumonic plague, characterized by lung infection and spitting blood. Those stricken with plague died quickly. Survivors often attempted to flee, but the plague was so widespread that there was virtually no escape from infection. Kelly recounts the varied reactions to the plague. The citizens of Venice, for example, forged a civic response to the crisis, while Avignon fell apart. The author details the emergence of Flagellants, unruly gangs who believed the plague was a punishment from God and roamed the countryside flogging themselves as a penance. Rounding up and burning Jews, whom they blamed for the plague, the Flagellants also sparked widespread anti-Semitism. This is an excellent overview, accessible and engrossing. Agent, Ellen Levine. (Feb. 1) 

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Sobre el autor (2012)

John Kelly, who holds a graduate degree in European history, is the author and coauthor of ten books on science, medicine, and human behavior, including Three on the Edge, which Publishers Weekly called the work of "an expert storyteller." He lives in New York City.

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