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. By the time it completed its pestilential journey through the British Isles in 1350, the Black Death had left half the population dead.
Isles, and provides a full and original account of the aftermath of the
Born in 1978, Benedict Gummer took a Starred Double First in History at Peterhouse, Cambridge, where he was an exhibitioner and scholar. He lives and works in Ipswich and London, where he runs a corporate responsibility consultancy.
"This remarkable, ambitious book by a new, young historian is positive about the new society that survived disaster." The Times "Benedict Gummer's highly impressive book charts the subsequent spread of the disease in meticulous and terrible detail." Sunday Telegraph Seven, Book of the Week "The Scourging Angel is an elegant and self-assured debut." The Telegraph Review "The enormous value of Gummer's book, for all its apparent narrowness of focus, is that it concentrates attention on the plague as an episode in the Hundred Years War and the new mercantilism that was opening up northern seas and nations to world trade - (a) fine book" The Herald "There are constant delights in this truly impressive work of narrative and interpretive history...the author ventures intelligently and convincingly. The Scourging Angel is full of hope, as well as of superior scholarship" Country Life
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