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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,106 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Norman F. Cantor Narrator: Bill Wallace Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2003 ISBN:
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Much of what we know about the greatest medical disaster ever, the Black Plague of the fourteenth century, is wrong. The details of the Plague etched in the minds of terrified schoolchildren – the hideous black welts, the high fever, and the final, awful end by respiratory failure – are more or less accurate. But what the Plague really was, and how it made history, remain shrouded in a haze of myths.

Norman Cantor, the premier historian of the Middle Ages, draws together the most recent scientific discoveries and groundbreaking historical research to pierce the mist and tell the story of the Black Death afresh, as a gripping, intimate narrative.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julia | 2/7/2014

    " oh my gosh. had to read this for school. it's really just this old guy raving on about the 14th century and all these things that were slightly affected by the plague. and in every paragraph he uses like 10 words I don't know, probably to sound smart. ughhh "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 1/3/2014

    " Fascinating. Maybe it was anthrax afterall. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison | 1/1/2014

    " A bit dry, but interesting if you can get through the sloggy bits. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pancha | 12/27/2013

    " There is a lot of information, and sometimes it overwhelms the structure. Lots of tangents. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Gray | 12/25/2013

    " I absolutely hated this book. Of course this could be due to the fact that I was required to read it as a a summer assignment for school. If you were obsessed with the Black Plague then maybe, MAYBE, you'd enjoy this book but anyone other than a Plague fanatic needs to stay away as if this book was the Plague. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amee | 12/18/2013

    " Excellent in details that you won't find anywhere about this disease and the effects it had on society. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Deborah Sullivan | 12/9/2013

    " It feels like this author made notes on index cards, shuffled them, and published a book. There is no real logic to the organization of facts. And although some of what he writes has something to do with the plague and its aftermath, much of it seems like random conversation about the Middle Ages. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Josh | 12/7/2013

    " A quick read and somewhat forgettable, but it does give a basic understanding of what life was like during the plague. Sadly, the title is a bit misleading, as it really doesn't go very in depth into what happened after. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth Greenwell | 11/14/2013

    " He tends to use blatantly biased and harsh language in describing historical figures. I'm all for vivid description, but name calling and snide asides have no place in a history book. However, it is simultaneously informative and entertaining... A decent quick read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Candie | 10/31/2013

    " Too heavy; too many tangents "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gaynel | 10/30/2013

    " I would prefer 2 & 1/2 stars. A fascinating subject but the writing style was dry and disorganized. Also, repetitious. The sentences were long and complex. Also I do think I got something from the read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 3/15/2013

    " Something about the way this book was written and put together meant it couldn't hold my interest...odd as the concept was extremely interesting to me...but I couldn't get beyond page 100 or so...just kind of gave up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamie | 2/18/2013

    " Interesting for the non-medievalist, such as myself. Not overpowered with complicated historiography but approachable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Gibby | 12/6/2012

    " This is a very interesting history of the black plague in Europe. I picked it up in an airport to read on the plane. I found it fascinating and educational. I strongly recommend this book especially if you like history books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcleitson Leitson | 9/30/2012

    " I know it sounds morbid but its actually a fascinating study of the economic, political and sociological impact of the plague and even questions its origins as possibly being animal borne anthrax. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frank Jacobs | 7/3/2012

    " A competent retelling of the history of the Plague, but with less of the linkage to medical context or contemporary consequences than promised. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline | 2/21/2012

    " A very interesting read! I'm generally not into reading non-fiction books, as they're often pretty dry, but this kept my attention well. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary Bloodworth | 12/26/2011

    " Yish, barely scratches the surface and horribly edited. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paige | 12/11/2011

    " The first 3rd or so of the book was interesting and engrossing. The rest was a good history book for a college course. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynmo | 12/7/2011

    " An engaging and fun read with hidden depths of analysis. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 6/15/2011

    " Another well written book by this NYU Professor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 4/13/2011

    " pretty technical, yet interesting to see how it changed that part of the world. when the working class was decimated in some instances by 1/2, the peasants had alot more political and economic clout "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcleitson | 3/29/2011

    " I know it sounds morbid but its actually a fascinating study of the economic, political and sociological impact of the plague and even questions its origins as possibly being animal borne anthrax. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karmen | 2/27/2011

    " The topic is of great interest to me. The 200 page length of this book was especially appealing.

    Norman, unfortunately, is very wordy and not on point. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley | 2/17/2011

    " I love Cantor's writing style - very matter-of-fact without succumbing to a text-book boringness of the sort that cause readers to lose interest in even favourite subjects after a few pages. He's a very engaging and impeccably well-reserached author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Larry | 1/9/2011

    " The most significant event in Europe after the Crusades. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frederick | 12/20/2010

    " cool book - lots of helpful history "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matthew | 12/13/2010

    " Meh. This guy cannot write prose for shit but it's an interesting topic. There's some interesting stuff in here but a ton of inane filler. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wanda | 12/13/2010

    " fascinating information, interesting facts and entertaining reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mauri | 11/3/2010

    " Read in one sitting while substitute teaching last month - high school chemistry and physics. Found the book on the teacher's desk. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 10/3/2010

    " Something about the way this book was written and put together meant it couldn't hold my interest...odd as the concept was extremely interesting to me...but I couldn't get beyond page 100 or so...just kind of gave up. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Joann | 9/5/2010

    " Badly written, unorganized, unsupported assertions. I couldn't finish this book. "

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About the Author
Author Norman F. Cantor

Norman F. Cantor (1929–2004) was emeritus professor of history, sociology, and comparative literature at New York University. His academic honors included appointments as a Rhodes Scholar, Porter Ogden Jacobus Fellow at Princeton University, and Fulbright professor at Tel Aviv University. His earlier books include Inventing the Middle Ages, nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award, and The Civilization of the Middle Ages, one of the most widely read narratives of the Middle Ages in the English language.

About the Narrator

Bill Wallace has recorded hundreds of books for the National Library Service’s Talking Books Program for the blind and physically handicapped under the auspices of the Library of Congress. He won the Alexander Scourby Narrator of the Year Award for Nonfiction in 2001 and the Canadian Torgi Talking Book of the Year Award in 1996 and again in 2003. He was nominated for an Audie® Award in 1998.