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From the Brink of the Apocalypse: Confronting Famine, War, Plague, and Death in the Later Middle Ages Paperback – August 26, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0415927161 ISBN-10: 0415927161 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (August 26, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415927161
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415927161
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #441,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The material is interesting and Aberth is a compelling storyteller...Readers may appreciate it for its wide scope, unadorned style, and colorful anecdotes... -- Frans van Liere, Calvin College, for The Historian
Thorough, balanced, and courteous in tone, this survey of the social, political, and moral landscape of the late Middle Ages inspires confidence even when it invites disagreement. Aberth is especially good on the literature of the period. His wide-ranging and well-illustrated chapter on death in particular is offers a splendidly comprehensive overview of a subject which has lately attracted a great deal of first-rate research and writing.--Eamon Duffy, The New York Review of Books.
The author's own enthusiasm for plague and associate calamities in late medieval England and France should prove highly contagious. -- Barrie Dobson, Honorary Professor of History, University of York
Aberths' informative and orignally shaped volume is well tailored to bring out the dynamic of man's struggle with his environment in the last two medieval centuries. -- Maurice Keen, Fellow, Balliol College, Oxford
Well written and lively, the book will give general and undergraduate students of British history plenty to think about. -- Choice, October 2001
A wonderfully written book with numerous black and white images. -- Biblical Worldview, August 2001

About the Author

John Aberth is Associate Professor of History at the University of Nebraska and is the author of Criminal Churchmen in the Age of Edward III(1996). He lives in Omaha, Nebraska.

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John Aberth was born in New York City and grew up in Yonkers, N.Y., and (during the summer) in Roxbury, VT. He attended Hamilton College in New York for his B.A. in Creative Writing and also did a junior year abroad at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, where he studied Medieval History. He received his M.A. in Medieval Studies from the University of Leeds in England and his Ph.D. in Medieval History from the University of Cambridge, England. He has taught full-time at Norwich University in Vermont, Skidmore College in New York, and at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, and part-time at various colleges in Vermont, including Middlebury College, the University of Vermont, St. Michael's College, Castleton State College, and Champlain College. He is the author of seven books on Medieval History, mostly focusing on the Black Death of the late Middle Ages. He lives in Roxbury, VT with his wife, Laura, two cats, and six horses.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By rmbeast on April 22, 2006
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This book is great!! I used it to write my final for my Western civilizations class in college. It was on the Black Death, and the Hundred Year's war. It had lots of great info on those subjects. I recommend this book highly for school, or fun.
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10 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Philip Z. Andrews on November 5, 2002
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The book is not an ornate description of the late middle ages. Rather it attempts to seive data into an outline of what life might have been at the time. At times the data, which should have taken the form of footnotes, becomes the body of the text. Fortunately, this does not happen often. The "Plague" section is a bit amiss with outstreached consequences of the plague, but is nonetheless revealing: I, for one, learned that there were 3 kinds of plagues, the bubonic, pneumonic and septicemic rather than a single sweeping disease. Aberth contends that the Plague claimed more victims than the standard 1/3 demographic decline figure. All in all there is plenty here for a medievalist to keep themselves entertained. I would also recomend, perhaps, reading this in conjunction w/ the video series written and hosted by Simon Schama "A History of Britain".
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