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Anyone interested in either the Middle Ages, in history, in Epidemiology, or who simply just wants to learn something new really ought to buy the series the series of lectures entitled “The Black Death: The World’s Most Devastating Plague” by Professor Dorsey Armstrong. It is a fascinating collection of lectures discussing the deadly wave of Bubonic, Pneumonic, and Septicemic plague which ravaged Europe from 1348-1352. The professor is a professor of English who specializes in medieval literature. In each lecture, you will learn about the state in which Europe had been---politically, socially, healthwise, religiously, and so on---before the arrival of the plague and how that might have contributed to people getting sick in the first place. Dr. Armstrong then talks about the Bubonic Plague itself---its causes, its symptoms, the bacteria that cause it, etc. She then devotes a lecture to the debate among historians as to whether the Bubonic Plague or some other disease may have caused the Black Death. Lectures 5-12 focus on how the plague effected specific countries and regions of Europe. Lecture 13 talks about various theories medieval people had about what caused the plague. Lecture 14 is a general discussion of the various ways Europeans reacted to the Black Death---everything from self flagellation to living hedonistic lifestyles under the assumption that one might as well live life to the fullest if one was going to die of the plague. Lecture 15 deals with the persecution of the Jews and how they were often falsely blamed for causing the various outbreaks of the plague; Lectures 16 deal with how the plague effected the medieval church and Prof. Armstrong devotes a particularly fascinating lecture about Catholic saints who were said to have the power to ward off the plague and religious rituals that people would do in order to protect themselves from getting sick. Lecture 18 talks about how the plague influenced medieval art; lecture 19 talks about how it influenced medieval literature; lecture 19 discusses how the plague effected the economy of various regions of Europe. Lectures 21 and 22 discuss how the plague began to undermine Feudalism itself in various ways. If you are interested in history, in epidemiology, or if you simply enjoy learning new things, I would highly recommend that you buy Dr. Dorsey Armstrong’s series of lectures entitled “The Black Death: The World’s Most Devastating Plague.”
Well presented set of lectures exploring the Black Death from ...
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Well presented set of lectures exploring the Black Death from a number of perspectives. Professor Armstrong ranges from epidemiology, theories on what the black death was (as there is some debate over whether it was purely bubonic plague, septicemic plague, and pneumonic plague, or if other diseases were also at play), the pre- and post-plague structure of society, the impact on the arts, and how the medieval world was transformed. Professor Armstrong is engaging and entertaining and the course is very informative.
Great story of a dark time in human history
18 March 2019 - Published on Amazon.com
Very well narrated and covers many aspects of the plague - health, religious, economic, social