The Black Death An Intimate History Author:John Hatcher From a leading expert, an original and compelling account of the Black Death's devastation on a small English village during the fourteenth century. In this fresh approach to the history of the Black Death, world-renowned scholar John Hatcher re-creates everyday life in a mid-fourteenth century rural English village. By focusing on the experien... more »ces of ordinary villagers as they lived--and died--during the Black Death (1345-50), Hatcher vividly places the reader directly inside those tumultuous times and describes in fascinating detail the day-to-day existence of people struggling with the tragic effects of the plague. Dramatic scenes portray how contemporaries must have felt and thought about these momentous events: what they knew and didn't know about the horrors of the disease, what they believed about death and God's vengeance, and how they tried to make sense of it all despite frantic rumors, frightening tales, and fearful sermons.« less
Hatcher would have done better to write yet another history of the plague, rather than attempting to turn his wealth of specialized information into a so-so quasi novel. He did not achieve immediacy or interest or even readability, only a rather flat presentation that dulled the facts and details that should have been interesting.
Professor Hatcher is too much of an academic for this book to really seem novelized. However, he is very thorough and detailed about Medieval (14th century) life. Other than his rather long, convoluted sentence structure, it is not a hard read. I'm glad I read it.