The Black Death Author:Philip Ziegler "Ziegler presents a welcome and much needed synthesis on the imposing subject of the great European pestilence of 1348-50. Ziegler is not a professional historian but he demonstrates a solid grasp of the researches of many medievalists...The Black Death both demonstrates areas where other historians of the 14th century have been active, and also... more » points the direction for new efforts. Ziegler writes in a precise and judicious style that avoids the sensationalism to which his subject is prone while impressing his readers with the full impact of the plague. The book is directed to the general reader, but will take its place on the undergraduate's reading list and on the scholar's shelf."
"Ziegler tells the story with ample but not stifling documentation and with an engaging balance of detached statement and illustration...He builds a most credible, restrained account." Joshua Lederberg, Book World« less