Review Û The Scourging Angel


  • Paperback
  • 528
  • The Scourging Angel
  • Benedict Gummer
  • English
  • 19 October 2018
  • 9780099548836

10 thoughts on “The Scourging Angel

  1. says:

    Interesting read following the progress of the great death as it raged through England Scotland Wales and Ireland No ground breaking new research by the author but it has pulled together from other sources and books the most recent and interesting information currently available It is written in an articulate accessible and literate way which is a pleasure to read


  2. says:

    Gives great details about the economic social and even architectural effects of the Black Death but spends too much time on minutiae about which county was hit by the plague in which month


  3. says:

    Although dealing with a specific topic this book of over 400 pages and small print was immensely informative about the history of ordinary people in Britain in the fourteenth century It was worth the effort of reading it and I would say it is not for the faint hearted The episodes of the Black Death must have been appalling to face and cope with as if Armageddon had arrived Detailed discussions about the social economic and political effects are well done very thought provoking and thorough You need time and patience


  4. says:

    Read my other book reviews at booksibledwordpresscomEvery now and then I like to add a non fiction book to my reading list Partially because I like to learn but also because I think it informs my reading writing and reviewing But as this is non fiction the review will be a fairly shortThe Scourging Angel was fantastic It follows the first influx of plague into the British Isles as it sweeps the nation in an informed and simple way I found it really helpful that Benedict Gummer begins his history with a chapter placing the events in context with commentary of the ongoing war with the French and insight into the lives of the working classes who were most affected by the plagueThe chapters are sorted so they can follow the plague from France where it killed King Edward’s daughter Joan as she headed to her wedding to Peter of Castile to the south of England It then splits the British Isles into segments the south; the midlands; the north; wales; Ireland; and Scotland This allows a fluidity while not over running the reading with a mass of places dates and people allowing a few select stories to illustrate the state of the area before and during the plagueFinally the book gives an overview of the after effects of the Black Death from monetary worries to architecture and the advancement of English literature as well as the smaller waves of plague that returned again and againI really enjoyed the stories of average men and women informed by the archives and books Gummer dutifully lists in his enormous bibliography Don’t let the size of the book scare you as with any good historical text a lot of it is notes Particularly the stories of William Ramsey the young mason from Norwich who worked his way up to Kings Mason and ‘William the One Day Priest’ a monk from Essex who when running low on funds turned to robbing a woman of her purse on the roadsideUnlike many retellings of the Black Death this book managed to discredit the many elements of misinformation that surround the time and the pestilence itself while not turning to dry recitation of fact after factIt’s certainly not a light summer read for lazy days by the pool but if you’re interested in the time and the effects of the plague then this is a fantastic book to start with


  5. says:

    A scholarly but easy to read account of the plague that affected the whole of Europe in the mid 14th century and the British Isles from 1348 The author admits in his preface that there is about the top of society as the common folk and peasantry have left little in the way of written records However we get some idea from information contained in manorial court records He puts the plague in the context of political ecclesiastical and architectural history which saves the book from being a mere recitation of the numbers of deaths As someone who lived for a while as a tenant of the Rokeby estate I was interested to read of Sir Thomas Rokeby's efforts to deal with the effects of plague in Ireland The author also says in his preface that he will not deal in detail with the epidemiology of the plague but he sums up the latest scientific thinking in an appendix showing that the teaching I was given at school that it was caused by black ratsrat fleas is than likely incorrect for any number of reasons Since the book was written plague pits have been uncovered as part of the construction of London's Crossrail I shall be interested to learn what further light they can shed on this calamitous period of our history


  6. says:

    This isn't an entirely comprehensive overview of the plague in Britain it doesn't cover the later epidemic of the 17th century for example preferring to concentrate on the first and most devastating outbreak in the 14th centuryThis book's particular strength is in depicting what Britain was like before the plague and how much of an impact the disease had on the population levels economics political structure even on architecture and literature It's incredibly detailed tracing the development of plague throughout the country although records exist in most detail in England for obvious reasons But he doesn't ignore Wales Ireland or Scotland even though there isn't as much evidence to demonstrate the impact of the plague in these partsGummer particularly suceeds in painting a picture of what life must have been like for those left behind It's difficult for us now to imagine what it must have been like to live in a country where almost a third of the population died in little than a year abandoned villages empty roads overgrown fields livestock roaming and untended


  7. says:

    Its good but it either needs a different title or a good editor Yes it looks at the impact of the Black Death but really only at its first visit in 1350 But in addition it covers medicine not unreasonable taxation slightly tangential the English Church including cathedral building ditto Ireland not only the plague's impact but a lot about English activities and attitudes Wars with Scotland etc etc So actually it is better described as a history of the British isles in the 14th C There could have been better use of statistics to show the impact of of the plague and general possibly less narrative coverage of its impact on culture That said it is a rigorously researched book well document and referenced so ideal for any one wanting an introduction to that period of history


  8. says:

    Taken a time to complete this not because it is a poor read but other books just got in the wayA very good account of the impact of the plague as it devastated England in a way that despite loads of Hollywood efforts is still incomprehensible toanyone living today The book brings to life the creeping nature of its spread and it's impact on small communities the social mobility that it heralded and the opportunists taking advantage of this sudden chance to get rich uick if you survivedEnjoyable and informative


  9. says:

    Exceptionally well done look at the effect the Great Death had on the Isles by looking at how it was before and assessing the effects it had on society during and after it's course Takes into account the way society fuedal rule economic factors etc was trending before and how it may have been without the plague but I feel it underplayed the way climate and weather may have been involved Recommended despite that caveat


  10. says:

    This is a pretty complete account of the Black Death as it swept across the British Isles what it was and what it was afterIt does a fair job of revealing the human story and conseuences of the plague But also the resilience of them how they came back and how the institutions held up Even to the point where some working conditions improved and entrepreneurship was revitalized


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