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An excellent base of information for anyone with an interest in this watershed event in human history.
Some may say that the reenactments of events that occurred during The Plague are overdone or poorly acted but I thought it was all done rather professionally and with great care. I particularly like the way the filmmakers wove together reenactment scenes with interviews with today's scholars who know so much about the illness; and the narration was also done very well. It is through all these things put together that we get the complete story of this outbreak of bubonic plague and how it rushed through so much of the world so fast; and we see how physicians of the day were powerless to cure people of it or prevent it for that matter. We see the flagellant movement gaining strength and then waning in Germany; we learn how the Church was challenged by the devastation and we also learn about wealthy people who tried to escape the plague by fleeing cities for country estates where they were more isolated.Read more ›
First, the re-enactments are repetitive and poorly budgeted, with what appear to be the same extras continually coughing up blood with title cards like "London 1347" or "Avignon 1348" superimposed over scenes which are indistinguishable in their locales from one another. Secondly, the same four or five historical experts keep popping up throughout, adding little that's new. The narrator himself punctuates their intelligent commentary with really stupid and over-simplified claims about medieval Europe in general and medieval Catholicism in particular, using words like "religion" and "superstition" interchangeably, and overplaying the ignorance of an era in which European culture was actually on the rise. It's like watching history for 5th graders.
Thirdly, this film that mocks the alleged brutality and fears of medieval Europe revels in the very same thing, giving us continual images of sadistic Christians punishing themselves and others as they seek a scapegoat (including an unfortunate group of Jews in one case) for the plague while the pope hides in Avignon.Read more ›
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An interesting documentary marred by two things: Poor audio and the fake "widescreen." In many places throughout the video, the sound effects and natural sound from the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Keith R. Darnay
Everyone seemed to like this video and found it compeling.Published 6 months ago by Lithuania's Pride
Overwrought and over acted, this amateurish production could stand a critical editing to cut it down from 1 1/2 hrs to 40 minuted. Read morePublished 11 months ago by UCProf
History Channel docs can be pretty hit or miss, but this one is definitely a hit. It is filled with information that even this Anglophile and history buff didn't know and was... Read morePublished 12 months ago by A. K. Baldwin
I was impressed with the information and the way they delivered it in this documentary. I didn't know much about the plague. Read morePublished 13 months ago by P. Moon