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The Scourging Angel

Nothing experienced in human history before or since eclipses the terror tragedy and scale of the Black Death the disease which killed millions of people in Medieval Europe The Scourging Angel tells the story of Britain immediately before during and after this cat. Interesting read following the progress of the great death as it raged through England Scotland Wales and Ireland No ground breaking new research by the author but it has pulled together from other sources and books the most recent and interesting information currently available It is written in an articulate accessible and literate way which is a pleasure to read

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Astrophe Against a backdrop of empty homes half built cathedrals and pestilence saturated cities we see communities gripped by unimaginable fear shock and paranoia By the time it completed its pestilential journey through the British Isles in 1350 the Black Death. Read my other book reviews at booksibledwordpresscomEvery now and then I like to add a non fiction book to my reading list Partially because I like to learn but also because I think it informs my reading writing and reviewing But as this is non fiction the review will be a fairly shortThe Scourging Angel was fantastic It follows the first influx of plague into the British Isles as it sweeps the nation in an informed and simple way I found it really helpful that Benedict Gummer begins his history with a chapter placing the events in context with commentary of the ongoing war with the French and insight into the lives of the working classes who were most affected by the plagueThe chapters are sorted so they can follow the plague from France where it killed King Edward s daughter Joan as she headed to her wedding to Peter of Castile to the south of England It then splits the British Isles into segments the south the midlands the north wales Ireland and Scotland This allows a fluidity while not over running the reading with a mass of places dates and people allowing a few select stories to illustrate the state of the area before and during the plagueFinally the book gives an overview of the after effects of the Black Death from monetary worries to architecture and the advancement of English literature as well as the smaller waves of plague that returned again and againI really enjoyed the stories of average men and women informed by the archives and books Gummer dutifully lists in his enormous bibliography Don t let the size of the book scare you as with any good historical text a lot of it is notes Particularly the stories of William Ramsey the young mason from Norwich who worked his way up to Kings Mason and William the One Day Priest a monk from Essex who when running low on funds turned to robbing a woman of her purse on the roadsideUnlike many retellings of the Black Death this book managed to discredit the many elements of misinformation that surround the time and the pestilence itself while not turning to dry recitation of fact after factIt s certainly not a light summer read for lazy days by the pool but if you re interested in the time and the effects of the plague then this is a fantastic book to start with Mama Glow it completed Fire in the Sky its pestilential journey through the British Isles olga spessivtzeva in 1350 the Black Death. Read my other book reviews at booksibledwordpresscomEvery now and then I like to add a non fiction book to my reading list Partially because I like to learn but also because I think ¡Que vengan cuando quieran! it I Am Providence informs my reading writing and reviewing But as this An Unexpected Magick (The Draegan Lords, is non fiction the review will be a fairly shortThe Scourging Angel was fantastic It follows the first The Weirdest Noob (The Weirdest Noob influx of plague WeVe Only Just Begun into the British Isles as Real Estate Mistakes it sweeps the nation Computer Network Time Synchronization in an Lara Croft, Tomb Raider (Lara Croft: Tomb Raider informed and simple way I found Ignition it really helpful that Benedict Gummer begins his history with a chapter placing the events Mitologii subiective in context with commentary of the ongoing war with the French and Between Heaven and Mirth insight Biogenealogy into the lives of the working classes who were most affected by the plagueThe chapters are sorted so they can follow the plague from France where Sobre el anarquismo (Biblioteca de Divulgación Anarquista it killed King Edward s daughter Joan as she headed to her wedding to Peter of Castile to the south of England It then splits the British Isles ABOUT ANARCHISM into segments the south the midlands the north wales Ireland and Scotland This allows a fluidity while not over running the reading with a mass of places dates and people allowing a few select stories to Absolute Trust (Renegade, informed by the archives and books Gummer dutifully lists La isla de la calavera in his enormous bibliography Don t let the size of the book scare you as with any good historical text a lot of Paleontology and Paleoenvironments it The Mammoth Book of Scottish Romance itself while not turning to dry recitation of fact after factIt s certainly not a light summer read for lazy days by the pool but Prayer For Little Things if you re A Treatise on Time and Space interested The White Lantern in the time and the effects of the plague then this Kingsbane (Empirium, is a fantastic book to start with

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Had left half the population dead Despite the startling toll of life physical devastation and sheer human chaos it inflicted Britain showed an impressive resilience Amid disaster many found opportunity and the story of the Black Death is ultimately one of survival. Its good but it either needs a different title or a good editor Yes it looks at the impact of the Black Death but really only at its first visit in 1350 But in addition it covers medicine not unreasonable taxation slightly tangential the English Church including cathedral building ditto Ireland not only the plague s impact but a lot about English activities and attitudes Wars with Scotland etc etc So actually it is better described as a history of the British isles in the 14th C There could have been better use of statistics to show the impact of of the plague and general possibly less narrative coverage of its impact on culture That said it is a rigorously researched book well document and referenced so ideal for any one wanting an introduction to that period of history


10 thoughts on “The Scourging Angel

  1. says:

    Interesting read following the progress of the great death as it raged through England Scotland Wales and Ireland No ground breaking new research by the author but it has pulled together from other sources and boo

  2. says:

    Gives great details about the economic social and even architectural effects of the Black Death but spends too much time on minutiae about whic

  3. says:

    Although dealing with a specific topic this book of over 400 pages and small print was immensely informative about the history of ordinary people in Britain in the fourteenth century It was worth the effort of reading it and I would say it is

  4. says:

    Read my other book reviews at booksibledwordpresscomEvery now and then I like to add a non fiction book to my reading list Partially because I like to learn but also because I think it informs my reading writing and reviewing But as this is non fiction the review will be a fairly shortThe Scourging Angel was f

  5. says:

    A scholarly but easy to read account of the plague that affected the whole of Europe in the mid 14th century and the British Isles from 1348 The author admits in his preface that there is about the top of society

  6. says:

    This isn't an entirely comprehensive overview of the plague in Britain it doesn't cover the later epidemic of the 17th century for example preferring to concentrate on the first and most devastating outbreak in the 14th centuryThis book's particular strength is in depicting what Britain was like before the plague and how much of an impact the disease had on the population levels economics political structure e

  7. says:

    Its good but it either needs a different

  8. says:

    Taken a time to complete this not because it is a poor read but other books just got in the wayA very good account of the impact of the plague as it devastated England in a way that despite loads of Hollywood efforts is still incomprehensible toanyone living today The book brings to life the creeping nature of its spread and it's impact on small communities the social mobility that it heralded and the opportunists taking

  9. says:

    Exceptionally well done look at the effect the Great Death had on the Isles by looking at how it was before and assessing the effects it had on

  10. says:

    This is a pretty complete account of the Black Death as it swept across the British Isles what it was and what it was afterIt does a fair job of revealing the human story and conseuences of the plague But also the resilience of them how they came back and how the institutions held up Even to the point where some working conditions improved and entrepreneurship was revitalized

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