The Black Death, 1347-1350: The Plague Spreads Across Europe

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Did you know that the plague began in central Asia before it swept across Europe, killing one-third of the population? Raging disease wiped out whole towns. In a remote village in Norway, everyone died, except one little girl who survived for months alone. In this book, learn how fleas and rats spread the disease and how the plague ultimately benefited the poor who survived. Fascinating facts about medieval society and medicine are in this book. Timelines, a glossary, ideas for research, and suggestions for future reading are included in this gripping read about a medieval tragedy.

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Parker begins with a description of the city, followed by scientific information on Vesuvius, the events surrounding the eruption, the disaster itself, and the aftermath. He discusses the discovery of the buried town and the archaeological work at the site, and concludes with a discussion of the possibility of another eruption from Vesuvius and/or other volcanoes worldwide. Senker identifies the beginnings of the plague in central Asia and its spread by traders and merchants throughout Europe, resulting in the death of one third of the population. The author describes the symptoms of the disease, the actions people took to escape it, and the lack of sanitation that furthered its spread. Since people of the time did not understand that the disease was spread by fleas and rats, many superstitions arose that led to the persecution of Jewish people. The book concludes with brief discussions of 20th- and 21st-century pandemics or possible plagues and the importance of lifestyle changes and further scientific study to eliminate or control disease. Dorothy Hinshaw Patent's Lost City of Pompeii (Benchmark, 1999) and Rachel Lynette's Bubonic Plague (Gale, 2004) offer similar information for the same age group. Useful for reports.
—Ann JoslinCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781410922786
  • Publisher: Raintree Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/28/2006
  • Series: When Disaster Struck Series
  • Pages: 56
  • Age range: 11 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 800L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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