The Black Death

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In "The Black Death" the author Phillip Ziegler attempts to fully describe the Plague that struck Europe in 1338 and remained until 1665. The year of the great Plague of London Ziegler tries to give an unbiased account of the Plague by compiling information from contradictory sources. Ziegler begins the book with the Tartans catapulting diseased corpses into Genoese as the Genoese escape back to Europe. Following this, the author provides some insight into the Plague in Italy, Germany, and France, in which he highlights the persecution of Jews, who became the scapegoat for the Plague in Germany. The majority of the book discusses the Plague in England, dealing with the people that died.

Ziegler doesn't argue an opinion of his findings. He openly admits that he has done no original research. Instead, he presents a collection of materials and draws some conclusions based on their findings. Ziegler's intention in writing "The Black Death', is to provide an accurate an unbiased account of the plague that struck Europe in 1338, and to appeal to human emotions through eye witness accounts.

Ziegler begins with different accounts on how the plague arrived in Europe. After presenting a few ideas, poisonous fumes, or unburned or unburied corpses, Ziegler finds the real truth of the plagues origin in a bacteria known as Pasteur Ella Pestis. Pasteur Ella Pestis, which forms itself within the siles of the dead corpses, head found homes in the bloodstream of an animal or the stomach of a flea (Ziegler 25). Ziegler formulates the truth through the evidence provided for each, but it still offers information on the other ideas so it wouldn't be biased. This section is crucial for the reader's understanding of the plague. Ziegler very accurately depicts the plagues origin and the uncertainty that surrounds it.

The following few chapters discuss countries such as Italy, France, and Germany. This is a prelude to the many chapters on England that follow. However, the majority...
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