The Black Death (Pivotal Moments in History)

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Describes the history of the Black Death plague in the fourteenth century, including the causes of the plague, the conditions that exacerbated it, and the effects it had on the surviving societies.

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Diane Zahler studied medieval history in college. She has written textbooks (K-12) in history, language arts, and literature. She is the co-author of Test Your Cultural Literary and the author of The Twenty-First Century Guide to Improving Your Writing. Ms. Zahler is also the author of The Black Death, a Spring 09 Pivotal Moments title.

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Grade 8 Up—The lurid appeal of the topic is effectively captured on the cover of this solid history of the 14th-century plague. Zahler connects the seemingly unstoppable march of death to the inception of new ideas about the Church, the value of labor, and the preciousness of human life that contributed to the Reformation and the Renaissance. The emphasis on primary-source research brings vitality to the text, although in at least one case historians have cast doubt on first-person accounts that Zahler presents as fact, i.e., the siege of Italian traders by Mongols who flung diseased bodies at them by catapault. Overall, this is a well-written and well-researched volume. Full-color illustrations, a note explaining the value of primary sources, a who's who, and careful source notes make this book a valuable addition to history collections.—Rebecca Donnelly, Loma Colorado Public Library, Rio Rancho, NM
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