The Black Death

The Black Death: The Intimate Story of a Village in Crisis 1345-50

History , British History, Medieval Britain
Paperback Published on: 09/07/2009
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The Black Death
The Black Death
This scrupulously researched narrative tells the grim but compelling story of one of the darkest periods in British history - the Plague years of the 14th ... READ MORE
Jackie Carreira at Bury St Edmunds


How the people of a typical English village lived and died in the worst epidemic in history.

The Black Death remains the greatest disaster to befall humanity, killing about half the population of the planet in the 14th century. John Hatcher recreates everyday medieval life in a parish in Suffolk, from which an exceptional number of documents survive. This enables us to view events through the eyes of its residents, revealing in unique detail what it was like to live and die in these terrifying times.

With scrupulous attention to historical accuracy, John Hatcher describes what the parishioners experienced, what they knew and what they believed. His narrative is peopled with characters developed from the villagers named in the actual town records and a series of dramatic scenes portray how contemporaries must have experienced the momentous events.

  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
  • ISBN: 9780753823071
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Weight: 280g
  • Dimensions: 197 x 132 x 26 mm

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The Black Death
excellent book. really well researched loved the way the writer brought those times to the page
Donald Oliver