Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Review: The Black Death: A History From Beginning to End by Hourly History

Title: The Black Death: A History From Beginning to End by Hourly History
Publication: February 16th 2016 by Hourly History
Genre: Nonfiction ~ History
Purchase (Free everywhere): Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

Rating: 4.5/5

The Black Death
Sweeping across the known world with unchecked devastation, the Black Death claimed between 75 million and 200 million lives in four short years. In this engaging and well-researched book, the trajectory of the plague’s march west across Eurasia and the cause of the great pandemic is thoroughly explored.

Inside you will read about...
✓ What was the Black Death?
✓ A Short History of Pandemics
✓ Chronology & Trajectory
✓ Causes & Pathology
✓ Medieval Theories & Disease Control
✓ Black Death in Medieval Culture
✓ Consequences

Fascinating insights into the medieval mind’s perception of the disease and examinations of contemporary accounts give a complete picture of what the world’s most effective killer meant to medieval society in particular and humanity in general.

Lately I've been reading a wole lot of these 'Hourly History' books but I gotta say that this one has been one of the best so far. I've always been interested in medieval history and the Black Death, although it was horrible, has also always fascinated me. 

This book was very informative about the Black Death or "The Plague" as it was also known. I learned quite a few new things about it all that I didn't know before. For example I didn't know that "areas in Poland, Belgium and the mountainous Basque region largely escaped the Black Death, as did many other isolated alpine locations through the alps." This is exactly why I read nonfiction, there's always something new to learn about the subjects I'm interested in.

And as always with a Hourly History books, this one also can be read very quickly in less than an hour. I always tend to read these in one sitting because they're always really engrossing. Highly recommended! 

More Hourly History reviews to come soon!


  1. I learned something new today :) I should try at least one history book this year hmmm

    1. These books are easy to read because they're only like 40 or 50 pages. I read about 5 this weekend. :')

  2. To be honest, I've only ever learned and discovered about the Black Death in relation to England and due to fiction novels. It would be new to me to actually read some fact about the matter.


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